Clarification on COVID-19 paid time off

March 17, 2021
Human Resources
March 17, 2021

This communication is to provide an immediate update on information that may impact supervisors, managers, staff employees and you. 
 
UCOP issued further clarification on paid time off for hourly employees to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and the use of UC Expanded Paid Administrative Leave (PAL) if an employee gets sick from side effects of the vaccine.
 
Hourly Employees
•    Will hourly employees receive paid time off to receive the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) vaccine?

o    Yes. Hourly employees may take up to four hours of paid time to obtain each dose of the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) vaccine. Employees must provide advance notice to their supervisors.
UC Expanded Paid Administrative Leave (PAL)
•    Can employees use UC Expanded Paid Administrative Leave (PAL) if they get sick from side effects of the SARS-CoV-2 vaccine?

o    If an employee who has PAL available gets the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) vaccine and gets sick from side effects of the vaccine and is unable to work for that reason, the employee would be able to use PAL for their recovery that time. If an employee has exhausted PAL or opts not to use it, the employee would be able to use accrued sick leave, vacation leave, and/or PTO.