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COVID-19 Vaccination Accommodation and Exemption Updates

Free Flu Shot

As you are aware, the University of California issued a systemwide Executive Order requiring all students, faculty, other academic appointees, and staff who are living, learning, or working on premises to receive an influenza immunization before Nov. 19, 2021.

In order to help employees meet this requirement, we will be offering free flu shots on campus:

  • October 26: 9am to 2pm
  • October 27: 9am to 1pm

There will be a total of 150 free shots provided by Kaiser that will be available to employees on campus and will be on a first come first serve basis. You can schedule your free flu shot appointment via Microsoft Booking.

Please contact benefits@ucmerced.edu should you have any questions.

COVID-19 Health and Safety Guide Training 

You may access the training by signing into the UC Learning Center
Once signed in:
  • click the "Required Training" button to view your Training Analysis,
  • then click the "Start" button for the course,
  • or, you can also search by course name or find it in the catalog under “Environment, Safety, and Emergency Management”.

Benefits

Leaves

Extended EPSL - October 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022
UC 2021 Emergency Paid Sick Leave (EPSL) - Expired September 30, 2021
Emergency Paid Sick Leave (EPSL) - Expired December 31, 2020
Expanded Family and Medical Leave (EFML) - Expired December 31, 2020

Wellness

Employee Assistance Program  is offering additional support for employees and providing live virtual meetings lasting approximately 15-20 minutes to address the following:
  • The stress individuals may experience associated with this National Crisis
  • Tips to manage personal wellbeing
  • Tips to take care of children/others
  • Information, tools and resources for overall wellness, including a COVID-19 special resource section available on Insight EAP website
  • Overview of Insight EAP Benefits and Resources available to all employees and their families

Upcoming Webinars 

Webinars
Date 
Time
Link
Navigating the Next Normal (Sponsored by Kaiser)  Tuesday, September 7, 2021 9:00 am - 10:00 am  Register
Navigating the Next Normal (Sponsored by Kaiser)  Thursday, September 9, 2021 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm  Register
Navigating the Next Normal (Sponsored by Kaiser)  Tuesday, September 14, 2021 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm  Register
 Suicide Awareness (Sponsored by EAP)
 Wednesday, September 15, 2021
9:00 am - 10:00 am
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Beating the Winter Blues: Coughs, Colds and Flu (Sponsored by Healthnet)  Wedbesday, September 15, 2021 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm  Register
Navigating the Next Normal (Sponsored by Kaiser)  Thursday, September 16, 2021 9:00 am - 10:00 am  Register
Navigating the Next Normal (Sponsored by Kaiser)  Tuesday, September 21, 2021 9:00 am - 10:00 am  Register
Navigating the Next Normal (Sponsored by Kaiser)  Thursday, September 23, 2021 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm  Register
Navigating the Next Normal (Sponsored by Kaiser)  Tuesday, September 28, 2021 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm  Register
Navigating the Next Normal (Sponsored by Kaiser)  Thursday, September 30, 2021 9:00 am - 10:00 am  Register
Navigating the Next Normal (Sponsored by Kaiser)  Tuesday, October 5, 2021 9:00 am - 10:00 am  Register
Navigating the Next Normal (Sponsored by Kaiser)  Thursday, October 7, 2021  12:00 pm - 1:00 pm  Register
 Intimate Partner Violence  Awareness (Sponsored by EAP)           
 Wednesday, October 13, 2021
9:00 am - 10:00 am
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm         
 The Art of Listening (Sponsored by EAP)  Monday, December 13, 2021  9:00 am - 10:00 am
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm 
 Register
 Register

COVID-19 Funeral Assistance FEMA

FEMA is providing financial assistance for COVID-19 related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020. COVID-19 Funeral Assistance FEMA is reimbursing up to $7,000 for COVID-19 funerals to any family member who paid for a funeral. More information can be found on the FEMA website.

Maximum Vacation Accruals

On September 9, 2021, President Drake approved the request to extend the approval to temporarily increase the amount of additional time that PPSM-2.210 (Absence from Work) provides to policy-covered staff employees to use to bring the employee’s vacation accrual below the maximum October 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022. Policy-coverd staff employees will continue to accrue vacation leaving during this timeframe.

On May 20, 2021 UC President Drake has approved a second 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 to September 30, 2021. During the exception period, employees whose balances exceed the maximum will continue to accrue vacation leave.

On June 29, 2020 UC President Napolitano approved a temporary increase to a four-month extension for eligible staff, effective retroactively from June 1 through Dec. 31, 2020. 

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