The University is committed to providing a healthy and safe environment for all employees, students, patients, and visitors. This policy (#165) outlines COVID-19 vaccination requirements for employees and others covered by this policy.
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Pursuant to the August 18, 2021 New York State Order for Summary Action, Covered Personnel shall be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, with a minimum first dose of a vaccination by no later than September 27, 2021.
In accordance with New York State law, eligible employees are entitled to take up to four hours of protected time off from work, with pay, to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.
The Long-Term Disability (LTD) Plan provides a monthly income benefit when an individual is totally disabled for more than six months.
This policy establishes the policy and process for assessing whether an individual performing work or services for the University is properly classified as a University employee or as an independent contractor.
The University will not knowingly employ or continue to employ persons who do not meet the requirements of federal laws pertaining to immigration and naturalization. Further, all employees must complete the U. S. Citizenship and Immigration Service’s (USCIS) Employment Eligibility Verification, Form I-9, as per USCIS guidelines.
Faculty and staff may be eligible for Unemployment Insurance compensation when their employment at the University is terminated under circumstances that meet the eligibility criteria established by the law and the applicable regulations of the New York State Department of Labor.
Faculty and staff members who leave the University in a benefit eligible (full-time or part-time) status, and are subsequently rehired to a benefit eligible (full or part-time) status at the University within five years of their termination date, will have previous benefit eligible University service reinstated at time of rehire and their service date adjusted accordingly.
The determination of each operating unit's staff requirements, and the designation of jobs in their units including vacancies to be filled, are responsibilities of the dean, director, and department head. The Office of Human Resources has general responsibility for facilitating the hiring process.
A layoff is defined as an action involving the reduction of staff necessitated by lack of work or other reasons. As described more fully below, employees will be selected for layoff on the basis of a criteria-based evaluation of ability, performance and seniority, with the greatest emphasis being placed ability, then performance, and then seniority. Recalls to work will generally be in the reverse order of layoffs. Note: Department administrators must contact Human Resources (HR) for assistance with planning the restructuring of their organizations and planning and implementing layoffs.