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COVID-19 FAQs

Remote Work

Is the campus open to staff?

In order to continue to limit the number of people on campus and thereby reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, UCLA ask those of you who have been successfully working remotely to continue doing so through June 30, 2021. This change does not apply to personnel who have been working on campus, to those associated with the ramp-up of UCLA research, or to instructors and support staff who receive approval to conduct their winter courses with an on-campus component. 

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Has IT created guidelines for remote work?

Yes. To set up a remote desktop, log on to MyLaw, go to the departments tab and select LawNet IT/AV. Once on that page, select the remote desktop connections tab. The support team in LawNET IT also has created a Remote Work Best Practices Guide

UCLA Law's IT team is available for support via telephone at (310) 825-4689 or help@law.ucla.edu.

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Is UCLA School of Law open? 

Yes. All UCLA Law offices are functioning, though as many services as possible are being offered remotely. If you have been working remotely, the UCLA Office of the Administrative Vice Chancellor asks that you continue to do so through the end of the fiscal year, Wednesday, June 30, 2021.  This does not apply to personnel who have been working on campus, to those associated with the ramp-up of UCLA research, or to instructors and support staff, if any, who receive approval in the future to conduct their spring semester courses with an on-campus component.

Any law community member who needs to come to campus must complete a symptom monitoring survey each day before you come to campus. To sign up, please go to the UCLA symptom monitoring website and then complete the survey here before each day that you come in. It is essential to complete this before every visit to campus to limit the chance that symptomatic people will enter our building. The symptom monitoring survey is also used for Contact Tracing. It is necessary that the Contact Tracing department has information about who is in the Law building in the unlikely scenario that someone with whom you may have come in contact has subsequently developed symptoms. 

As part of the university's ongoing efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19 on our campus and in our community, community members will need to be tested if they are coming to campus weekly. The testing is a new requirement to increase the effectiveness of the University’s Contract Tracing department and to reduce the spread of the virus. Arthur Ashe’s Contact Tracing has partnered with SummerBio, a testing laboratory, to conduct these tests. If you are coming to campus weekly, you should have already received an email from SummerBio encouraging you to schedule your appointment for a test. Alternatively, if you did not get an email from SummerBio and are scheduled to come to campus weekly, please let Ryan Rose know. A list of answers to testing FAQs is available on the Ashe Student Health and Wellness Center website.

The law school building is locked for security purposes. If you need to come to the law school, please remember to bring your N31 key to access the building, a mask to wear around the building and your Bruin ID card. Security officers may ask to see identification. 

COVID-19 Returning to Work on Campus eCourse: around June 23, you should have received an email to complete this eCourse required training from email: C19Support@ehs.ucla.edu. If you did not receive it, please check your spam folder to see if it went there. If you still can’t find it, you can go directly to the Learning Management System (LMS) at: http://lms.ucla.edu. Login in with your UCLA credentials, click Required Trainings and click the Start button to launch the course. The training should take less than 30 minutes to complete. Employees (including faculty) who are already working on campus should have completed the training by July 31. For all other employees, the course must be completed before you return to work on campus or in other UCLA facilities, or by December 31, whichever occurs first.

Is the Law Library open?

The Law Library reopened at 25% capacity on March 8, 2021. The Law Library is also offering remote services to faculty. For more information see: Library Services for Faculty.

UCLA Faculty, Staff, and Student Workers are now Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccination

UCLA employees, including students employed by the university and those who work in our PreK-12 facilities, are now eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccinations. To the extent that supplies allow, employees will be invited to schedule vaccination appointments through UCLA Health. Invitations will be sent with priority given to members of our community based on the level of contact they have with on-site individuals, the variety of work locations they visit and where they fall on a social vulnerability index developed by UCLA researchers. Please note that at this time students who are not employed by the university are not eligible for the vaccine in California, but we remain committed to offering these students the vaccine when it becomes available to them.

Employees may also book vaccination appointments via California’s My Turn portal, which allows individuals to schedule appointments at locations throughout the state close to where they live. We encourage everyone in the UCLA community to get the vaccine as early as possible, wherever that may be. For most, it may be faster to schedule an appointment through My Turn since the number of doses UCLA is expected to receive will be far fewer than the number of eligible employees.

If you participate through My Turn you may need to bring documentation (PDF) to your vaccination appointment consisting of a photo ID, proof that you work in the education sector and, if participating in an L.A. County site, proof that you live in L.A. County. If you will be receiving your vaccination at another location, please be sure that you are aware of any employment or residential documentation that may be required at that site. Any student workers who do not have a traditional paystub may obtain a verification letter through their Principal Investigator or other supervisor.

Even after receiving the vaccine, it is important to continue to practice the public health protocols that we have been using over the past year to keep ourselves and others safer. These include maintaining six feet of distance from others; wearing facial coverings over your mouth, nose and chin; avoiding large gatherings and frequently washing your hands. Lastly, University of California policy requires COVID-19 vaccine education training for all faculty and staff. If you have not yet completed your training, you may do so before or after you receive the vaccine.

ERIT Program

What is ERIT?

The Employee Reduction in Time program allows eligible employees to voluntarily reduce their appointment percentage and corresponding pay for a specified period of time. Participants choose their reduction in time from a minimum of 5% of full-time to a maximum of 50% of full-time and program participation can be as short as one month or as long as 36 months.

Who is eligible for ERIT?

Exclusively represented employees are eligible for ERIT if their applicable union has agreed to participate in the program. The following unions currently allow member participation in ERIT: AFSCME, Teamsters, UAPD and UPTE.

Will ERIT affect my vacation and sick time accrual?

Employees will continue to accrue vacation and sick leave at pre-ERIT appointment percentages. For full-time employees who reduce their time, they will retain their full-time accrual rate.

If you have any questions or would like to participate in this program, please contact Susan Lasher at Lasher@law.ucla.edu.

COVID 19 Related Leaves & Accomodations

During this COVID-19 pandemic, The university has expanded its leave time available for employees. Campus Human Resources has developed Frequently Asked Questions to help departments and staff members navigate available resources. 

Temporary Approval to Use Accrued Sick Leave for Child Care under PPSM-2.210

President Napolitano has temporarily approved expanding the reasons for which policy-covered staff employees may use accrued sick leave under PPSM-2.210: Absence from Work.  Effective July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021, policy-covered employees may use accrued sick leave if they are unable to work or telework due to a need to care for their children who are not attending school (or who cannot be at their places of care or with their childcare providers) because of COVID-19 precautions.

Subject to collective bargaining, a similar expansion of the use of sick leave may be made available to represented employees who have accrued sick leave. At this time, this temporary approval applies only to policy-covered (non-union represented) staff.

Reasonable Accommodations

Furthermore, employees who are at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19 may request reasonable accommodations or workplace adjustments. This includes employees who are older adults and are at increased risk due to age and/or who are at increased risk due to underlying medical conditions.  Please visit the UCLA Campus Insurance and Risk Management website for more information. 
 

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Vacation Accrual Exception

President Drake approved an extension of the temporary exception to PPSM-2.210 (Absence from Work) which allows policy-covered staff employees additional time to take vacation leave in order to bring their vacation accrual balances below the maximum.  The exception deadline has been extended from December 31, 2020 to June 30, 2021.  During this period, employees will continue to accrue vacation leave.

We ask supervisors to work with employees to bring their balances below the maximum by June 30, 2021.  This temporary exception to the maximum vacation leave accrual limit applies only to policy-covered employees (non-unionized).

We do encourage everyone to consider donating vacation time (minimum of 8 hours) to the campus Catastrophic Leave Bank. The Catastrophic Leave Program allows employees to donate vacation accruals to a central leave bank for employees who experience a catastrophic life event, such as personal or family illness. Completed forms can be sent to HR@law.ucla.edu. More information on the program and how you could help our peers on campus during this challenging time can be found on the CHR website.

Wellness & Dependent Care Resources

Wellness Resources during COVID - 19

UCLA's Counseling Center has created a guide of support as we transition to an Online Learning Environment. 

These tips are for faculty, staff, students, and anyone else that is apart of the UCLA campus. 

STAND Together during COVID-19

In partnership with BeyGOOD and the Start Small fund, UCLA is pleased to offer the COVID-19 Care Package that includes resources and tools designed to lift moods and ease anxiety and depression. Visit this page every few weeks as they are continuing to publish new content.

 

Dependent Care Resources

The Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) has created a page of dependent care resources for the UCLA community. This resource hub includes information on university policy, childcare and education programs, elder care, and other helpful initiatives. 

Dedicated pages were created for faculty, staff, and students.

UCLA continues to look for creative ways to support you with your dependent care needs.

Other Questions

What if I have other questions?

Please contact UCLA Law's COVID-19 Task Force at taskforce@law.ucla.edu. We will respond as quickly as possible.