Human Resources

Human Resources

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Update on the University’s approach for the month of April

April 6, 2020

As Queen’s does its part to limit the spread of COVID-19, we continue to work closely with public health authorities for guidance on all decisions impacting the safety of our staff, faculty and students.

We want to acknowledge the excellent work and dedication of our employees as the University has adapted to an adjusted way of working.

We know that these are challenging times for our community and that things are changing quickly. To that end, we are writing to provide you with an update on the University’s approach for the month of April.

Pay Continuity for Employees

At this time, most employees who currently hold continuing or term appointments will receive pay until April 30, 2020 even if they are unable to work as a result of COVID-19. The expectation is that most employees will continue to work remotely or on site as in the case of employees who perform an essential function on campus.

Human Resources will continue to work with managers/supervisors in units/departments where there are employees who are unable to work remotely or where the ability to work remotely is limited.

Additional guidance is available within the guidelines on managing remote work arrangements.

Working Remotely or On Campus: a shared responsibility

It must be the shared objective of all members of the Queen’s community to limit the spread of COVID-19 and, for employees who remain on campus, to exercise physical distancing practices. In support of this, the University expects as many employees as possible to continue working remotely until further notice unless you are providing an essential function that requires your physical presence on campus.

Employees who can work remotely are expected to avoid coming to campus unless necessary. All individuals who currently have access to buildings will continue to have access.

Personal and Job Responsibilities: finding a balance

We recognize the challenges faced by employees who are balancing personal and adjusted work responsibilities in this new environment. We understand that striking a balance between these responsibilities may be especially challenging with their families and with their colleagues, and that employee productivity may be impacted. The University will be monitoring this situation.

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 this website with health and wellness resources.

Additional Resources

  Questions and concerns can be directed to

As a community, we are at a critical stage in our efforts to flatten the curve of infection and protect ourselves and our community. Thank you to all faculty and staff for your efforts during this difficult time. Together, we will prevail.

Donna Janiec
Vice-Principal (Finance and Administration)

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

Kimberly A. Woodhouse
Vice-Principal (Research)