Hampshire Staff and Faculty,
Some of Hampshire College’s employees have jobs that cannot be done remotely, but that do not qualify as “essential” under the Governor’s stay-at-home order. Hampshire will continue to compensate employees in this category, at least through April 7, 2020.
We have heard that the federal government is making plans to reimburse employers for wages paid to employees who are unable to work due to Covid-19. Protecting our employees cannot wait for the government to finalize its plans. Human Resources will soon clarify how we will implement this temporary policy.
If you do not know if you fall into the category of employees who are not essential (according to the Governor) but who cannot work during the duration of the stay-at-home order, please contact Jake Toomey in Human Resources at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please stay safe and support one another during this stressful time.
Dear Staff and Faculty,
We are striving to keep you up to date with relevant and important information. Last week the federal government passed a new bill into law, called the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”), which provides:
This law goes into effect on April 2, 2020 and we are expecting additional guidance on how employers should follow the law and implement these changes. As such, we'll be drafting new policies and procedures over the next two weeks and will share this information with you as soon as possible. In order to implement these policies and comply with the law, we'll need to know when you are out or plan to be out for Covid-19 related circumstances including:
At this time we are requesting that any employee who is currently taking time off or expects to take time off for the specific circumstances listed above advise their supervisor and Human Resources (email jtHR@hampshire.edu) so that we may track this information as we implement new policies, and, ultimately, best support you.
We hope to continue to share information as it becomes available and relevant. If you have any questions about this law, please do not hesitate to speak with Human Resources.
Director of Human Resources
Dear staff and faculty,
We would like to express our appreciation to employees for your patience and continued work during this unique and unprecedented time. Your welfare and concerns are important to us. As such, we have been working to clarify expectations and provide guidance in regards to employment practices as circumstances continue to change and evolve. The following is meant to provide some immediate clarity to the best of our ability at the current time. Dear staff and faculty, We would like to express our appreciation to employees for your patience and continued work during this unique and unprecedented time. Your welfare and concerns are important to us. As such, we have been working to clarify expectations and provide guidance in regards to employment practices as circumstances continue to change and evolve. The following is meant to provide some immediate clarity to the best of our ability at the current time.
Our health plan provider, Blue Cross Blue Shield, has posted additional information on their website that may be helpful for employees and participants.
Our employee assistance program, e4Health, has many benefits and supports for all employees and their immediate family members. You can call e4Health at 800.828.6025.
Employees who have a retirement plan through TIAA can find general information here.
In light of the current market conditions, TIAA has provided some resources and information regarding concerns about the market.
This week we are focusing on moving as many employees as possible to working remotely and providing flexible work assignments to the essential staff who will continue to report on campus. In the coming weeks we will be shifting our planning to more long term aspects including sick leave policies, pay, cross training, and sharing work.
Thank you again for your patience and understanding during this unprecedented event. We are dedicated to continuing our support of employees through this challenging period. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact your supervisor or human resources.
Director of Human Resources
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