Human Resources

Human Resources

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COVID-19 Update to faculty & staff – April 27, 2020

April 27, 2020

The situation over the past number of weeks has been very challenging for the entire Queen’s community.  We understand that this may have led to increased anxiety and uncertainty amongst our faculty and staff.  We want to acknowledge the excellent work and commitment of our employees as the University has adapted to an adjusted way of working, and we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for what you have accomplished under these extraordinary circumstances.

Unfortunately, it now appears that the current situation is likely to continue for some time.  Public health has been clear that restrictions imposed may well last several more weeks and even months. While we cannot predict the future and the situation continues to evolve, a return to our usual business now looks to be quite far into the future.  We will continue to follow public health advice and recommendations to protect the health and safety of our community but given what we now know, we felt it necessary to provide you an update on the current work situation.

Most employees are continuing to perform their job responsibilities remotely, or on campus for essential functions, and this is anticipated to continue.  However, there are a limited number of employees whose work cannot be performed remotely, or whose work has been significantly reduced due to a move to remote operations.  As noted in our previous memo on April 6th, the university made a commitment to continue to pay such employees to April 30th.  We are writing to inform you that the university will now extend this commitment until May 10th. 

In the coming weeks, managers and supervisors will work with those employees affected to identify options beyond May 10th. If you have any questions or concerns about whether or not this situation applies to you given your particular circumstances, please contact your manager or supervisor for clarification.

Possible options for employees directly affected by the remote delivery of university operations include alternate or modified work assignments, using vacation time, taking accrued lieu time, or considering reduced hours if the employee’s ability to work has been significantly reduced. The University is committed to doing all it can to avoid or delay unpaid leaves or temporary layoffs whenever possible, however these outcomes may be necessary in cases where other options are either exhausted or unavailable.

The University’s response to the pandemic has contributed enormously to the fight to contain the virus across our region. We are also incredibly grateful and proud of our faculty and staff who have demonstrated creativity and dedication in helping us continue to fulfill our academic mission.

We remind our employees of the availability of our Employee and Family Assistance Program through Homewood Health.  Your EFAP is a confidential, professional counselling and wellness service that provides extra support.  Human Resources is also regularly updating its website with health and wellness resources.

Again, we thank you for your continued commitment and flexibility during this difficult time.

Donna Janiec
Vice-Principal (Finance and Administration)

Mark F. Green
Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic)