Managers & Supervisors

  • Advise your employees to stay at home if they are feeling ill, to avoid placing students, coworkers, and the public at risk.
  • Employees who feel ill should go home immediately.  Employees experiencing symptoms that could potentially be associated with COVID-19 must disclose symptoms as soon as they occur.
  • If there is objective evidence of illness, and a staff employee refuses to take leave, a manager or supervisor should seek assistance from Human Resources Office or the Office of Employee Development and Compliance Services to take appropriate action to ensure the employee does not remain in the workplace.
  • Contact IT about making arrangements for employees to work from home. This could include access, equipment or other related needs.  The website for network, phone and remote connectivity assistance can be found here.
  • Provide Alternate Work Location Request Forms to employees who may need to work remotely.  Vice Presidents should be notified of circumstances in which there may not be remote work available.
  • Request employees speak to you about their specific concerns if they do not feel safe in the workplace.  Listen to employee concerns and implement a remote working arrangement if operationally feasible.
  • Work travel that is not deemed mission critical is not permitted.  All personal travel should continue to be entered in to the travel portal.
  • Have conference calls, WebEx, or Skype sessions in lieu of face-to-face meetings to help prevent the spread of germs and potential infection.
  • Understand and familiarize yourself with your unit’s business continuity plan.
  • Health information provided by an employee is protected personal information under the Health Information Protection Privacy Act (HIPPA).  This information should not be shared with co-workers or your employee’s co-workers.
  • Convey the importance of staying home if ill. If an employee is feeling ill, they should remain at home.
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Coronavirus Paid Leave Programs

Human Resources presented a web ex session on the new Coronavirus Leave programs authorized by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).  The PowerPoint presentation is now available.

Frequently Asked Questions

No. Supervisors may accept a doctor’s note if it is voluntarily provided by the employee, but they may not require or ask for any specific documentation. However, supervisors may require that the employee notify them prior to returning to work from self-isolation or sick leave and require that the employee be asymptomatic upon return from self-isolation or sick leave.

Yes, employees displaying symptoms should be sent home; however, they cannot be penalized for being sent home. An Alternative Work Location (http://hr.tamucc.edu/assets/awl) may need to be discussed.

No. Supervisors should encourage employees to seek medical advice, but they cannot require an employee to go to the doctor. They can require the employee to be asymptomatic before returning to work from sick leave or self-isolation. An Alternative Work Location (http://hr.tamucc.edu/assets/awl) may need to be discussed or sick leave may need to be used if an employee is ill in accordance with System Regulation 31.03.02.

Supervisors should seek assistance from Human Resources or the Office of Employee Development and Compliance Services to take appropriate action to ensure the employee does not remain in the workplace.

No.  It is better to require the employee to remain home until signs of respiratory illness are gone.  An Alternative Work Location (http://hr.tamucc.edu/assets/awl) may need to be discussed or sick leave may need to be used if an employee is ill in accordance with System Regulation 31.03.02.

Yes, clearance from a health care provider to return to work can be required.  Please be aware that access to health care providers may be limited. 

All students, staff and faculty must self-report positive COVID-19 tests using the COVID-19 reporting portal.  Supervisors will use the same portal to report positive tests of staff they supervise.

A&M-Corpus Christi will adhere to our standards with regard to the treatment of Protected Health Information. If students, faculty, and/or staff have been exposed to a confirmed positive case on campus, they will be notified directly. No identifying information regarding the individual with the positive test will be disclosed for privacy purposes.

If you have been exposed to a confirmed positive COVID-19 case, or if you are exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19, do not report to campus and contact your medical provider. For employees, Human Resources stands ready to assist with various leave options.

If an employee is coughing or displaying other symptoms, can a supervisor require them to go home?

Yes, employees displaying symptoms must be sent home; however, they cannot be penalized for being sent home. An Alternative Work Location (http://hr.tamucc.edu/assets/awlmay need to be discussed.