COVID-19 Related Leave and Pay Programs
Below is information on the CSU temporary leave and pay programs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This page will be updated as additional information becomes available.
CSU Paid Administrative Leave - CPAL
CPAL – March 23, 2020 through December 31, 2020
CSU Chancellor White has granted up to 256 hours of paid administrative leave (CPAL) to eligible employees for whom telecommuting is not operationally feasible and are unable to work for qualifying COVID-19 related reasons. Employees should work with their manager/appropriate administrator to request CPAL. Managers/appropriate administrators, please contact Human Resources with questions.
Temporary Paid Leave Program (TPL)
TPL – UPDATED 9/1/2020
Per Governor Newsom’s Executive Order, and Chancellor White’s Directive, on 3/16/2020, CSU employees who are 65 years and older, and/or medically vulnerable due to a chronic medical condition, were asked not come to campus and to telework. Employees for whom telework was not operationally feasible continued to receive pay through the temporary leave program (TPL). This temporary paid leave is separate from CPAL, NTWL and FFCRA.
Recently, the CDC updated the guidance regarding People at Increased Risk for severe illness from COVID-19. CDC guidance, now states that risk increases with age, and the greatest risk is for those 85 and older and/or those with certain underlying medical conditions including cancer; chronic kidney disease; COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease); immunocompromised state from solid organ transplant; obesity; serious heart conditions such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies; sickle cell disease; and type 2 diabetes mellitus.
Based on the updated guidance from the CDC, and as Cal Poly begins to the implement the Fall Work Plan - Return to Work Protocols for COVID-19, employees may be invited to return to work on campus. The campus has put many protocols in place to protect the health and wellbeing of the Cal Poly Community, and employees should speak with their managers regarding COVID-19 related protocols and training. If employees have medical concerns regarding returning to work on campus, they should contact Human Resources to discuss leave programs and other accommodations that may be available.
Families First Coronavirus Response Act - FFCRA
FFCRA – Effective April 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020
In addition to the CSU temporary paid leave programs above, the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) provides eligible employees up to 80 hours of paid sick leave when an employee is unable to work (or telework) due to qualifying COVID-19 related health reasons. These hours may also be used to care for a child whose school or child care provider is closed or unavailable for COVID-19 related reasons.
The FFCRA also provides up to twelve (12) weeks of expanded family and medical leave (FML), of which ten (10) weeks are paid, when an employee is unable to work (or telework) due to caring for a child whose school or child care provider is closed or unavailable for COVID-19 related reasons. The FFCRA provides up to 2/3 pay for these 10 weeks; however, Chancellor White has granted full-pay for FFCRA FML. CPAL will normally be exhausted prior to requesting FFCRA. Employees, please contact HR regarding FFCRA requests. FFCRA Employee Rights Flyer