COVID-19 Leave of Absence Information and Resources

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COVID-19 Related Leave Requests

Human Resources Representatives should use this form to initiate a COVID-19 related leave request.

Submit a Consult Form

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University of Iowa employees who need time away from work due to COVID-19 related health reasons for themselves or for a family member should immediately contact their human resources representative. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act* and the Iowa Board of Regents have provided additional leave benefits for many of our employees. Information regarding these benefits can be found using the links below. 

UI Health Care employees should contact their human resources representative or the UI Health Care Leave and Disability Administration office should they need time away from work for health reasons.

*Please note: This site has been modified to reflect the anticipated expiration of federal COVID leaves as of December 31, 2020.

Completing a COVID-19 related FSDS Consult Form

Human resources representatives (outside of UI Health Care) should complete a consult form for any leave related to COVID-19. Examples include:

  • Our employee has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Our employee has been advised by a health care provider to not work due to concerns related to COVID-19.
  • Our employee is experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19 and is seeking medical guidance.
  • Our employee is providing caring for a family member in one any of the above examples. 
  • Our employee is unable to work due to their child's school or child care closure as a result of COVID-19.

Frequently Asked Questions


You should submit a consult form for ANY COVID-19 related absence, including caring for a child with no school or childcare closure.


Yes, you should complete all the fields on the form and submit the form.  Any received medical should be sent to your case manager via email or fax.


We are planning to be able to process intakes within 24-48 hours after receiving the intake AND any needed medical documentation. In urgent situations, we will make every effort to process the intake the same business day


No, you do not need to email or call your FSDS case manager after you submit an intake.


FSDS will provide you, the supervisor, and the employee the correct payroll codes to use based up the situation in the approval/denial email you will receive.


FSDS will be following up with all HR reps to acquire this information. Please keep track of this information and hold until you receive more information from us on how to submit this time. 


No, you should not use the new COVID-19 consult form for non-COVID-19 related cases.  We will still continue to have employees with non-COVID-19 related health needs.  Please use the standard consult form for these situations. 


For calendar year 2020, all COVID-19 paid leave benefits (EPSL, eFMLA, and BOR leave) may be used if your child/children must enroll in online learning due to COVID-19. This applies if your school district offers a hybrid offering of in-person instruction and online instruction.

Effective January 1, 2021, federal COVID paid leave will no longer be available, which includes EPSL and eFMLA.


No, COVID-19 paid leave benefits are not applicable if your child’s school disctrict has a fully in-person learning option available.

Contact Information

Faculty and Staff Disability Services

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