Human Resources

Updated Covid-19 Special Work/Leave Provisions

July 19, 2021

The UNC System Office and Office of State Human Resources (OSHR) have developed updated COVID work and leave provisions effective July 1, 2021 through the end of the state of emergency unless revised or rescinded.

An overview of the updates included in the guidance are outlined in the table below:

Updated Provisions

Work Leave Provision

Effective July 1 Through End of State of Emergency


Remote Work Under Covid-19
  • Remote work under the communicable disease policy ends June 30.
  • Managers may continue temporary remote work arrangements while institutions phase-in their long-term remote work/flexible work arrangements programs through end of summer.
Though remote working under the communicable disease policy has ended, UNCW has developed new teleworking & flexible work schedule guidelines.
Interchangeability of Leave
  • By statute, extended through December 31, 2021.
Employee Vaccinations
  • Paid work time for permanent and temporary employees continue for vaccinations occurring within regular work hours and with supervisory permission through end of public health emergency (up to 8 hours in one day for each shot if more than one is required).
Vaccination Adverse Reaction
  • Covid-19 paid administrative leave continues to be provided through end of public health emergency for adverse reactions to Covid-19 vaccines for same-day as vaccination and next-day reactions only.
Other Covid-19 Paid Administrative Leave
  • Continues through end of public health emergency, 80 hours cumulative for all reasons from March 2020 through end of public health emergency.
  • Starting July 1, this paid leave is limited to vaccine adverse reactions and required quarantine orders.
  • Absences due to isolation orders or non-quarantine possible exposures or symptoms are no longer eligible; employees must use personal leave.
This provision has changed. If an employee has tested positive and is isolating,  the employee must use their own leave.
Covid-19 Leave Banks
  • Currently available through December 31, 2021. CLICK HERE to learn more.
Upon termination of the leave bank, donated leave will be returned to the donors.
Community Service Leave - Added Volunteer Time
  • Ends June 30.
  • Any unused portion of the additional 80 hours is forfeited (these hours are not included as part of the employee’s normal 24/36 hour annual allotment).
Community Service Leave - Mentoring Flexibility
  • Continues during the state of emergency and when a school mandates or offers virtual classes. 
Temporary Employee Appointment Extensions
  • Temporary appointments that have exceeded 11 months must end within 30 calendar days of the end of the state of emergency. 
As of July 1, 2021, the state of emergency has not ended.