Employee options related to childcare
MSU recognizes that many K-12 school districts and other childcare facilities have altered student schedules for the fall 2020, and this will impact our faculty and staff caring for their children. Employees impacted may be able to work remotely or utilize available leave if eligible under the laws applicable to each type of leave. Not every employee is able to work remotely and not every employee is eligible to use leave.
Employees and supervisors should consult with Human Resources to determine what options are viable.
Employee eligibility for leave will be based on the specific schedules from each K-12 district or childcare facility. In general, if employees have children whose districts do not offer an in-person school option either full-time or only on certain days, that employee will be eligible to take leave on those days. Leaves that may be available include:
- state COVID-19 leave
- federal COVID-19 leave
- expanded family and medical leave under the FFCRA
- employee accrued sick leave
- employee accrued annual leave
- leave without pay
General guidance on eligibility for state and federal leave
The list below provides general guidance on eligibility for state and federal leave in the three most common scenarios:
- If the school district which your children attend offers any in-person school option and you choose online only, then you will not be eligible for state or federal COVID-19 leave.
- If the school district which your children attend offers in-person school part-time only (blended/hybrid model), then you would be eligible for state or federal leave for the online days only.
- If the school district which your children attend only offers online, then you would be eligible for state or federal leave.
Eligibility for telework arrangements
Eligibility for telework arrangements are at the discretion of the department in consultation with Human Resources and based on the business needs of each unit.
Additional community resources
Last updated Sept. 1, 2020