Dated: March 14, 2020
SDHSA prepared the following memorandum to keep UCSD House Staff up to date on matters of concern regarding sick time and COVID-19. This memorandum provides information regarding the following: (1) California’s Directive to Employers; (2) University of California’s Employee Extended Paid Sick Time Coverage as a result of COVID-19; (3) 2018-2021 MOU sick time provisions; (4) UC Health Care Plans and Benefits relating to COVID-19; and (5) Some State Benefits one may apply for.
- CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH MANDATES THE UNIVERSITY FOLLOW SICK LEAVE POLICIES.
On March 7, 2020, the California Department of Public Health published a memorandum applicable to schools including the University which provides that the University must “[e]nsure sick leave policies allow faculty and staff to stay home if they have symptoms of respiratory infection.”
2. UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA WILL PROVIDE AN ADDITIONAL FOURTEEN DAYS PAID BEYOND ACCRUED SICK LEAVE. FOR THOSE AFFECTED BY COVID-19.
On March 9, 2020, the University of California Office of the President published a letter in response to COVID-19 and states that employees unable to work due to their own or a family members illness, employees should use available leave balances, and if no leave balances the University will provide 14 days paid administrative leave to cover the absence. 
Employees unable to come to work due to public health or University-required quarantine or self-isolation measure may work remotely if operationally feasible, if not feasible, employees should use available leave balances, and if no leave balances the University will provide 14 days paid administrative leave to cover the absence. 
UCSD’s Human Resources Employee Relations team has set up a number to call for questions – (858) 534-4115.
3. 2018-2021 MOU SICK LEAVE POLICY
For each individual house staff seeking information regarding on how to calculate accrued balances, the current 2018-2021 MOU provides for sick leave accrual at the rate of one working day per month for full time employees, for an accrual of twelve (12) days earned per year. In addition, house staff may use up to thirty (30) days of sick leave in any calendar year when required to provide care because of the illness of the House Officer’s spouse, parent, child, sibling, grandparent or grandchild. In-laws and step-relatives in the relationships listed also are covered. This provision also covers other related persons residing in the House Officer’s household.
Further the MOU provides for leave in the case of work-incurred disability which arguably applies to contracting Corona Virus from your work related duties, house staff may receive “temporary disability payments under the Workers’ Compensation Act” and “shall be granted a leave without pay for all or part of the period during which temporary disability payments are received.”
4. HEALTHCARE / MEDICAL INSURANCE PLANS
Testing is free. To ensure that the cost of health care will not be an obstacle to testing and treatment of COVID-19, Governor Gavin Newsom and Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara have directed California health plans to waive costs for screening and testing of the disease.
UC’s health care plans are providing continuous updates on the virus and information on house staff continued health care benefits. For details about your health plan’s response, visit your plan’s website at the hyperlinks below:
- Anthem: What you need to know about the coronavirus
- Health Net: Important updates: Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
- Kaiser: Novel coronavirus/COVID-19
- UnitedHealthcare: Important information for members from UnitedHealthcare on COVID-19
- ADDITIONAL BENEFITS FOR WORKERS IMPACTED BY COVID-19
The Labor Department compiled a list of additional benefits and resources for employees that need assistance due to COVID-19. 
- LINKS FOR UP TO DATE UC INFORMATION
Further, more information can be found on the University of California website on the latest news regarding how the University is reacting to COVID-19. https://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/coronavirus. https://health.ucsd.edu/news/Pages/Coronavirus-update.aspx
will continue to keep UCSD House Staff abreast of important information
regarding this critical issue.
See Pages 27-28 of 34.
See Pages 27-28 of 34.