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COVID-19: Extension of Telecommuting Option - April 21, 2020

To: BSU Administrators & Staff

From: Keri A. Powers, Vice President for Human Resources & Talent Management

Date: April 21, 2020

Subject: COVID-19: Extension of Telecommuting Option

 

Today, Governor Baker announced the closure of K – 12 schools through the remainder of the scheduled school year. Considering the public health context which motivates this decision, Bridgewater State University will extend the telecommuting option offered to employees in mid-March for those employees who are currently telecommuting. At this time, the telecommuting option will be extended until June 1, 2020.

Managers and supervisors should begin reviewing their employees’ workplans to ensure the plans are continuous in their description of employee job responsibilities and provide adequate work until June 1, 2020. If a workplan should be amended to include additional projects or additional job responsibilities, please update the workplan previously completed and send the updated version to telecommuting@bridgew.edu. If the workplan is continuous, accurately reflects the work being performed remotely, and provides adequate work until June 1, 2020, no additional action is required. Any employee requiring a continuation of an established accommodation to perform the essential functions of their position remotely, should contact the Office of Equal Opportunity.

Essential employees who currently report to campus to perform their job responsibilities should continue to do so unless otherwise directed by their manager or supervisor.

As a reminder, in accordance with the attached Interim Telecommuting Guidelines issued in mid-March, telecommuting privileges for employees during this limited time period shall be assessed periodically and not later than 30 days from implementation. Telecommuting privileges can be canceled at any time and for any reason by the University. Further, the University retains the sole discretion to amend, modify, or replace the Telecommuting Guidelines at any time and for any reason. In addition to the Interim Telecommuting Guidelines, also included with this correspondence is the Telecommuting Workplan Template. Questions can be directed to telecommuting@bridgew.edu.

Further updates concerning any additional extensions of the telecommuting option and the gradual, safe return of employees to campus – per guidance from the Office of the Governor – will be forthcoming.

I appreciate your attention to this important matter.