COVID-19 Paid Absence

In response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Boston University is introducing a supplemental paid leave program for staff, providing up to ten (10) additional days of COVID-19 Paid Absence leave. You may use this paid leave time if you are unable to work because of your own COVID-19 related illness or other COVID-19 related disruptions that require you to care for immediate family members.

These ten (10) COVID-19 Paid Absence (CPA) days are provided by Boston University in addition to your regular sick and vacation time. 

The benefit is outlined in the table below:

Benefit
  • 10 work days covered
  • Retroactive to March 13, 2020
Eligibility
  • Regular, non-temporary staff (non-faculty)
Reasons
  • You are sick with COVID-19 or COVID-19 symptoms.
  • You are caring for a family member with COVID-19.
  • You are caring for a family member due to closure of daycare, school, or eldercare.
  • This time is not available for quarantines that are due to personal domestic or international travel.
Process to Convert
Used Sick or Vacation Time
  • You may edit existing requests in Employee Self Service (ESS). You can access instructions here.
  • If you do not enter your time directly in ESS please contact your supervisor to request this conversion.
Process for Future CPA Requests
  • You will request the COVID-19 Paid Absence for up to 10 working days just as you would request Sick or Vacation absences in Employee Self Service (ESS). You can access instructions here.
  • If you do not enter your time directly in ESS please contact your supervisor to request this time.
Additional COVID-19 Special Pay
  • If your work requires you to be on-campus and you are placed on a mandated quarantine by the Occupational Health Center (OHC) or by the Research Occupational Health Program (ROHP), Human Resources will allocate up to 10 days of paid time through the COVID-19 Special Pay program (in addition to the COVID-19 Paid Absence program detailed above).
  • This time is not available for quarantines that are due to personal domestic or international travel.
Temporary Use of Sick or Vacation Time in Excess of Earned Hours
  • Effective June 1, 2020 CPA and COVID-19 Special Pay will replace the temporary use of sick or vacation time in excess of earned hours ( i.e. Negative sick and vacation time) for COVID-19 related absences

Do you have additional questions?

Please contact the Human Resources Service Center at hr@bu.edu or 617-353-2380.