[COVID-19] HR employee FAQ - Absences related to childcare/dependent care during COVID-19

This guide provides information to employees who might be unable to perform regular duties due to child/dependent care reasons.

The University of Wisconsin System has provided interim relief for employees who might need relief from work to ensure appropriate child or dependent care for their families.  There are two primary benefits during this time that speak to this situation.  The first is the COVID-19 Leave and the second is Emergency Family Medical Leave.  This FAQ provides general guidance and information for employees during this time.  Since all leave is determined based on the specific needs of the requester, please consult Human Resources for information specific to your needs. 

Employees may use COVID-19 leave to stay in pay status when eligible child/dependent care is needed.  Employees may also utilize, conccurrent with the COVID-19 Leave, eFML, which provides for up to 12 weeks of job protected leave for eligible child/dependent care for employees.  The eFML does provide for paid leave during the pandemic.  For more inforamtion you can review the Department of Labor's ruleContact Human Resources for specific advice based on your unique needs.  

Additional FAQs

Absences during COVID-19

COVID-19 Emergency Leave BenefitAs of March 17, all employees, including wage and temporary employees, are eligible for up to 80 hours of leave if they have been impacted by the virus. This includes employees who are unable to telecommute, employees who have been impacted due to childcare or school closures, or other impacts caused by the COVID-19 response.

My child’s school will be closed for an extended period to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and I am unable to work remotely. May I use the COVID-19 Emergency Leave to record my time?


My child’s school will be closed for an extended period to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and I am unable to work remotely.  Does the University offer any kind of caregiving support?

No. There are local agencies that are also assisting with the delivery of emergency childcare.

My child’s daycare closed, and my spouse is still required to go into work, but I am working from home do I need to take COVID-19 Leave?  

It depends on whether you would need to leave your house to take care of issues that come up with the kids.  It’s expected that with the new environment that we are in, working from home will have some new challenges that we’ll need to adapt to.  Just because you need to assist your child and you must walk away from the computer for a few minutes, doesn’t mean you have to put in for leave.  BUT, if you must leave and take your child to a doctor’s appointment, COVID-19 Leave may have to be used.  For more guidance please refer to the COVID-19 Leave Policy. 

Revision history:
Last revision was July 19, 2020

Supporting tools:

Links to related information:

Keywords:#covid-19, #covid   Doc ID:104137
Owner:John A.Group:UW-La Crosse
Created:2020-07-20 08:42 CDTUpdated:2020-07-22 09:55 CDT
Sites:UW-La Crosse
Feedback:  0   0