Mandatory Employees

Who are mandatory employees, what does that mean, and how do I know if I am one?

For the purposes of the COVID-19 event only, the definition of “Mandatory Onsite” employees includes permanent or temporary employees who are directed by their supervisor to work at specific dates and times at a designated University worksite other than their personal residence, and in most circumstances are not eligible for telework options.

Such employees have been deemed essential to work on‐site during the COVID‐19 event and include, but are not limited to, positions that relate to: public health and patient care; public safety; operation of critical infrastructure and facilities; operation and safety of sensitive research labs; supporting the humane care of laboratory research animals; the care of persons or property for whom the University has a duty to continue to serve; and remaining onsite student and instructional support services.


I am a mandatory employee. How will I be paid?

Employees will be paid standard base pay for any time worked, either onsite or remotely. Regular overtime provisions continue to apply. Due to budget considerations, mandatory onsite employees no longer receive special (or additional) compensation for mandatory hours worked onsite.


How will I know if I am designated as a mandatory employee?

Mandatory Employees will be notified by their supervisor that they are required to report to work onsite during the COVID-19 event. If you are not sure, check with your direct supervisor. These designations may be changed by management at any time due to the ongoing operational needs of the University and COVID‐19 developments.


I’m a mandatory employee and my manager informed me I need to report to work during this emergency event. Can I refuse to do so?

Employees are designated as mandatory due to the nature of their essential work for the university and are expected to perform those duties as required. Situations in which a mandatory employee cannot report to work as directed will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Failure of a mandatory employee to report for or remain at work may be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment.


I am a mandatory employee who is exhibiting COVID-19, cold, or flu-like symptoms. Should I still report to work?

COVID-19 Mandatory Employees will be excused from work if they are quarantined or ill, or if they are required to care for a member of the immediate family (as defined in the FMLA) who is quarantined or ill. Employees in isolation or quarantine may be eligible for COVID-19 leave provisions.