OHR Summer / Fall Planning Resources 2020

As the College continues to make progress with the implementation of the requirements included in the state’s four-phase reopening plan and implementing plans for the summer and fall semester, the OHR has created tools and resources to support staff and supervisors/department chairs with their division’s workplace planning.  Please visit this page frequently for updates, and contact us at hr@amherst.edu should you have any questions.  We are happy to help!

Visit the COVID-19 Fall 2020 Plan: Faculty & Staff Guide to Returning to Campus for more information.


COVID-19 Remote Work Policy

  • The COVID-19 Remote Work Policy provides guidance on responsibilities, limitations and expectations of employees who would like to continue working remotely or request a remote work arrangement.

COVID-19 Employee Travel

  • Travel increases the risk of exposure to and transmission of the coronavirus. Consistent with the CDC, U.S. Department of State, and State of MA guidelines, the COVID-19 Employee Travel document outlines the College's travel restrictions and recommendations.

COVID-19 Unpaid Leave of Absence Policy

  • The COVID-19 Unpaid Leave of Absence Policy provides employees who may not be able to return to work on campus due to COVID-19 related issues and have exhausted other leave balances with the opportunity to take a leave of absence without pay.

COVID-19 Emergency Leave Bank Policy

  • The purpose of this policy is to provide Amherst College staff with flexibility in navigating severe hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. This policy is intended to comply with all applicable laws, regulations, and guidance, including Internal Revenue Notice 2006-59.

Frequently Asked Questions

New Enhancements to Care.com Benefit – Effective September 1, 2020

  • The College has added enhancements to the current Care.com Benefit for benefits eligible faculty and staff.

Online Health Status Survey

  • For the health and safety of the Amherst College community, anyone designated to return to work on campus is required to fill out the health status survey each day that they plan to come to campus.

Options for Employees Who Are Unable to Work

  • The Options for Employees Who Are Unable to Work is a chart summarizing leaves and options available to staff who are unable to work.

Quarantine and Isolation Leave Policy

  • The purpose of this policy is to provide guidance regarding leave time available to staff during a COVID-19 related period of quarantine and/or isolation.

Return to Work - OHR Review Process

  • The Return to Work - OHR Review Process provides guidance on the process to request a leave or accomodation if the employee is not able to work, and provides a list of who to contact in the Office of Human Resources in connection to various questions.

Temporary Premium Pay Policy: Fall 2020