Alternative Work Arrangements
Buffalo State will phase in employees’ return to the workplace in stages and in a purposeful manner. This approach will support the important measures of decreased density and social distancing, which are expected to continue for some time. Employees who can continue to work effectively using alternative work arrangements should continue to do, and should await word from their supervisors about when to return to the workplace.
Flexible Work Schedules
For staff members returning to the workplace, there are several options departments may consider to decrease density and maintain social distancing. Supervisors may incorporate these approaches into their safety-oriented return-to-work plans and then seek approval from the Human Resource Management Office, the Environmental Health and Safety Office, and the appropriate President's Cabinet member.
Working Remotely: Those who can work remotely to fulfill their work responsibilities may continue to do so to reduce the number of people on campus.
Alternating Days: In order to limit the number of people on campus and the interactions among them, departments may schedule staff on alternating days.
Staggered Reporting Times: Staggering reporting and departure times will reduce traffic in common areas and support social distancing.
All of these arrangements require that the Alternative Work Location-Flexible Work Schedule Agreement be completed.
Members of Vulnerable Populations
Employees with concerns about returning to campus will be assisted by the Human Resource Management (HRM) Office. The employee, supervisor and HRM will work collaboratively to seek solutions. Requests to work remotely beyond the return-to work-date will be evaluated on a case-by case basis. Decisions will be take into consideration whether the employee’s presence on campus is necessary in order for Buffalo State to serve its students.
Monitoring for Coronavirus
As students and employees return to the campus and activities increase, Buffalo State will closely monitor the potential for spread of the coronavirus and carefully watch for triggers that would prompt tighter restrictions and reductions in the number of on-campus workers.
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