Working During COVID-19

Campus Coronavirus Updates

Visit the University of Iowa coronavirus website for the latest information about COVID-19 and the university’s response.

Essential University Information

Campus Coronavirus UpdatesPrimary source of COVID-19 information for the university community.
UI Hospitals and Clinics COVID-19 PreparednessInformation for patients, visitors, and providers.
Keep Teaching at IowaOnline teaching resources for faculty members and instructors.
Keep Learning at IowaOnline learning information for students.
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Child Care Needs

Referral resources and just-in-time care information for employees in critical roles, plus tips for parents working at home.

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Working Remotely

Regularly updated resources for working, learning, and leading remotely during COVID-19, including a working remotely from home blog written by UI employees.

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Pay and Leave

Current COVID-19 pay practices, leave scenarios and new leave codes, and consult process for COVID-19 related employee leave.

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Stress and Self-Care

Guide to managing stress, including signs and symptoms, self-care measures, and resources like the Employee Assistance Program.

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Temporary Work Assignments

Child Care Needs

Iowa Child Care Resources and Referral can provide consultation to help identify and select an alternative child care arrangement. Call or email to contact a parent referral specialist:

United Way also can provide volunteers to assist with critical child care. Organizations and individuals that need volunteers should call 319-337-8657(VOLS) or email patti.fields@unitedwayjwc.org with their information.

University Human Resources provides additional info about just-in-time child care for employees in critical care and operations roles, plus info for parents working from home.

Working from Home

University of Iowa employees are directed to work from home however feasible. Supervisors are encouraged to stay flexible as employees attend to both work and family needs. Find current guidance on remote work and telecommuting.

Information Technology Services provides a remote work checklist and guide to useful tools.

University Human Resources offers tips on best practices for working remotely. We post new information periodically—check back for more.

Pay Practices and Leave Options

Pay practices for the remainder of the spring 2020 semester are designed to keep employees who are working or available for work in paid status. Review current pay practices.

New federal and Iowa Board of Regents paid-leave programs affect how employees should report COVID-19 related absences. Find leave scenarios and leave codes.

Employees who need to take COVID-19 related leave for illness, caring for an ill family member, or caring for a child due to school/chid care closures should immediately contact their human resources representative (contact info available through Employee Self-Service). HR reps should consult with Faculty and Staff Disability Services to initiate COVID-19 related leave.

Stress and Self-Care

University of Iowa employees can receive no-charge counseling and advice from the Employee Assistance Program. University Human Resources provides a guide to stress management and self-care.

Online Training

Employees working from home can pursue training and professional development in consultation with their supervisors. University Human Resources provides a guide to free online training resources available to employees.

Temporary Work Assignments

University units can request additional support for critical needs. UI employees can volunteer for temporary assignments via Employee Self Service.

CARES Act and Retirement Accounts

The federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act includes new retirement-plan loan and withdrawal options for people affected by COVID-19.

Remote I-9 Processes

Guidance for completing I-9 forms for new employees when in-person processes aren't possible or advisable.