USG has issued the following guidelines regarding Alternate Work Arrangements and Teleworking for employees. The guidance is subject to change based on recommendations from the Georgia Department of Public Health or Executive Orders from the Governor’s office. As we have discovered during the last year, we must remain flexible in our planning and be prepared to change course as necessary.
Alternate Work Arrangements
· Alternate Work Arrangements (AWA) or accommodations granted to employees for fall 2020 or spring 2021 due to increased risk for severe illness with Covid-19 will end no later than June 30, 2021. All employees are expected to return to their previous work arrangement by that time. Managers should work with their employees to determine the precise return to work date, which will be on or before June 30, 2021. Current summer teaching assignments are excluded from this transition deadline.
Lack of vaccination is not grounds for a request for an accommodation.
· With limited exceptions, employees with current Covid-19 related telework arrangements should begin transitioning back to their pre-Covid-19 work arrangements and all such arrangements will end no later than June 30, 2021. Pursuant to USG policy, department heads or their designees have the authority to establish teleworking arrangements. All requests for 2021-22 must be approved by the head of the division (i.e., the Vice President, President, etc.). In no circumstance should telework be considered an employee right or entitlement. All telework requests and designations are based upon management discretion and in accordance with determination of what best serves the institution and students.
A reminder that fully vaccinated individuals may now resume campus classes and other activities without wearing a face covering or physically distancing. Unvaccinated individuals are strongly encouraged to continue wearing a face covering and to continue socially distancing from others when possible. Adherence to this guidance is based on personal responsibility.