Continuing COVID-19 Guidance for Return to In-Person Work
NAU staff and faculty will return to in-person work locations for the Fall 2021 semester.
Processes and procedures that have now returned back to standard practices:
- NAU time reporting if out of the workplace
- Standard uses of sick or vacation accruals and leave without pay
- Request for Family Medical Leave or other types of Leave of Absence
NAU leadership continues to follow guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other federal and state agencies to help protect the health and safety of the NAU community.
General COVID-19 Guidance Still In Place
- Please stay home if you feel sick.
- If you have a COVID-19 exposure or positive test, please follow the current isolation and quarantine guidelines on the CDC website.
- Follow the guidance of medical professionals.
- All NAU employees are strongly encouraged to take advantage of some of the mitigation measures that NAU provides. Consider receiving a COVID-19 vaccine or getting tested for COVID-19 at the NAU Fieldhouse.
What if I feel sick? Accordion Closed
In general, all employees are asked to stay home if they are sick, regardless of what they believe the cause to be. This will help stop the spread of other illnesses – not just COVID-19.
What if I have some symptoms of COVID-19? Accordion Closed
You should stay home, get tested and contact a healthcare provider regarding your symptoms. Be sure to inform your supervisor that you will be out of the workplace.
How do I report time away from work? Accordion Closed
Employees will report time worked or time away from work through LOUIE Time and Labor. If an employee is sick or caring for a sick family member, they may use sick, vacation, or compensatory time accruals for their absence. Employees may also use leave without pay if they have exhausted all other accruals.
What if I have to isolate or quarantine due to a COVID-19 exposure or positive test? Accordion Closed
Employees can use sick, vacation or compensatory time to cover the time away from the workplace. Employees can also discuss with their supervisor options to temporarily work from home if there is work to be done and the employee has the equipment and access to do the work remotely.
What do I do if an employee appears to be sick at work? Accordion Closed
Employees who determine that another employee is showing or describing symptoms such as fever, cough, sneezing, or shortness of breath should share their concerns with a supervisor.
Supervisors should speak with the employee exhibiting symptoms, share what they or others have observed, and ask if the employee believes they may be sick or contagious. No specific medical information should be requested.
- If the employee says they have a non-contagious condition such as allergies, ask them to be sure to follow recommended hygiene guidelines such as covering their mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
- If the employee confirms that they are not feeling well and/or have the symptoms described, remind them that NAU and current health guidelines recommend that all employees that are sick need to stay home – then direct them to go home.
- The employee can use accrued sick or vacation leave, or leave without pay if all other paid time off is exhausted or is unavailable to them.
- As a supervisor, you can discuss with the employee options to temporarily work from home if there is work to be done and the employee has the equipment and access to work from home.
- If the employee insists on remaining at work and you still have concerns, contact Human Resources at 928-523-2223.
What if I believe a co-worker is reporting to work who may be someone at increased risk for more severe illness? Accordion Closed
While caring about our co-workers is important, it is also important to respect their privacy and their individual decisions about their own healthcare. CO-workers and supervisors should not be asking about health information. If, however, you believe they are not aware of resources or options that might help them, please talk with your supervisor and/or consult with Human Resources about how that information may be sensitively shared.
If I have an underlying health condition that requires more precaution, what are my options? Accordion Closed
Employees may contact Disability Resources to explore workplace accommodations related to a medical condition.
What assistance is available to help me cope with the emotional impact of navigating COVID-19 concerns? Accordion Closed
Employee Assistance and Wellness is available to assist employees with personal and professional issues. You can find more information on the EAW webpage.