COVID-19 Guidance


It is entirely appropriate to experience feelings of stress, anxiety and fear during this crisis. If you are, know that you are not alone, and there are a number of resources available to you. The Employee Assistance Program (ComPsych) has created an online toolkit that includes a wide variety of information and can assist employees with personal, work and life issues. 

The GIC also provides resources to help its members cope with the COVID-19 Pandemic

Employee Benefits Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), which includes the new federal Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (EPSLA) and the new federal Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act (EFMLEA), employees are entitled to paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave for reasons directly related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Department of Labor’s (Department) Wage and Hour Division (WHD) administers and enforces the new paid leave provisions, and the agency website remains the best source of information related to the FFCRA. For more information, please go to the agency’s website. For more details on this, please reach out to Katie Temple at

Coronavirus Response Act ("FFCRA"), please fill out the FFCRA Request Form.

Returning to On-Site Work

At the University of Massachusetts, the health and safety of our employees is our highest priority. The UMass President’s Office (UMPO) planning approach for COVID-19 response and returning to on-site locations is deeply rooted in ensuring that all decisions are made with best interests of employees in mind. The approach for returning to on-site locations outlined in the On-Site Return Guide has been informed by national and local guidance, as well as an On-Site Transition Team (OTT).

The OTT includes employee representation from across the UMPO and has taken an active and inclusive approach to identifying and addressing the questions, needs and considerations identified by our staff. The content of this guide has been informed by more than 400 questions and considerations submitted by employees to the OTT. Throughout this pandemic, the UMPO has been closely consulting with state and local public health authorities and has been proactively incorporating health and safety guidelines from those bodies, as well as those from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other experts, to ensure the safest possible approach for returning to on-site locations.

The UMPO understands that employees have many individual needs and challenges outside of the workplace, that each person’s situation is unique, and we are dedicated to ensuring a thoughtful and flexible approach that considers the needs of the employees during this difficult time.

For any concerns that are not addressed within the On-Site Return Guide, you are encouraged to reach out to your supervisor or the Human Resources team. Knowledge and understanding of COVID-19 continues to evolve, and UMPO plans and protocols will be updated as needed to reflect any changes.

Return-to-Work Resources

Daily monitoring of one’s health and well-being prior to coming to work can aid in early detection of COVID-19 and is an effective measure to prevent community spread.

The symptoms of COVID-19 include:

  • Fever (temperature over 100.4F) without having taken any fever reducing medications
  • Loss of Smell or Taste
  • Cough
  • Muscle Aches
  • Sore Throat
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Chills
  • Headache
  • Gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite

In our ongoing effort to protect on-site employees, we ask that employees conduct a daily self-check before going to work.

You can find the checklist at COVID-19 Daily Self Checklist. Any employee who meets the criteria in the checklist and/or begins experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should not report to work, should contact their healthcare provider, and should contact Katie Temple in Human Resources at 774-455-7571 or