Published March 17, 2020
In this continuing evolving situation, UB is taking proactive and prudent measures to ensure the health and safety of the UB community in accordance with the guidance provided by Federal and State governments, including the SUNY Chancellor, SUNY Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Erie County Department of Health. It is important that you review UB’s COVID-19 website to receive the latest information and guidance from the University (https://www.buffalo.edu/coronavirus/).
While we understand that the novel coronavirus is creating anxiety and uncertainty, we must follow university policies and practices regarding health and safety issues including the approval of alternate work locations.
Temporary Alternate Work Assignments
By direction from the NYS Governor’s office, effective March 17, 2020 and until further notice, all non-essential SUNY employees shall be assigned to perform their work-related duties and responsibilities from alternate work locations, via telecommuting. This telecommuting assignment is part of a telecommuting pilot program, recently negotiated by New York State and the CSEA, PEF and UUP labor organizations. Both the telecommuting assignment and the telecommuting program apply to all SUNY employees, including M/C designated employees.
The Essential employee designation includes those employees whose worksite presence is necessary to the continued operation of the University, who are integrally involved in the COVID-19 response effort, or those who must be present at the workplace in order to carry out their work-related duties and responsibilities. Non-essential status may change at the discretion of management; accordingly, employees should contact their supervisor daily to confirm their status. As the operational needs of the COVID-19 response change, management may modify specific job functions and/or work locations.
All telecommuters will be required to submit a work plan that includes hours worked and work completed. Employees must treat a telecommuting day as a regular workday in which the employee must maintain a regular work routine. More information about this policy as well as necessary forms will be provided as soon as possible. Employees will be required to complete the UB Temporary Alternate Work Assignment form (attached to this email). Completed forms will require unit leadership signatures and then should be submitted to the Office of Human Resources. If you have any questions, please contact Mark Coldren at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 645-8155, or the HR Service Center at 645-7777.