COVID-19 UPDATE: An update on business continuity and work accommodations for employees

WHAT:

Durham College (DC) business continuity plans, including work accommodations to reduce the number of people on campus.

WHEN:


As of March 16, 2020

IMPLICATIONS:

 

Durham College is moving to further reduce the number of people on our campus by identifying essential services and making arrangements for staff to work virtually. Effective today, non-essential services and those who are able, as outlined by your supervisor, should begin to work from home.

Specific information regarding work from home, or virtual office arrangements, are to be outlined by your supervisor. Human Resources will follow up by also providing general guidelines.

Over the coming days, department leaders will identify business continuity plans and associated staffing requirements. These plans will be shared directly with teams once they are finalized.

Additionally, DC is committed to pay continuity for our employees. At this time, we are assessing the impact of shifting our services and learning continuing model for students and employees. Given the current extraordinary circumstance, contract and part-time employees (faculty, support staff, administrative staff and work-study students) should have their earnings maintained per the current employment contract terms. A specific payroll communication will be shared in the coming days.

It is not known how long this model of business operations will be necessary. As such, the college continues to assess the impact of COVID-19 on our community and receive direction from external health organizations.

Human Resources will share guidelines on working from home with employees, as well as wellness tips for consideration during this time of constant change and uncertainty. 

As a reminder, all full-time staff have access to DC’s EAP, which can be accessed 1.844.880.9142 or 1.877.338.0275 (TTY service) or www.workhealthlife.com. Part-time and contract staff are provided access on request through Kelly Doyle at kelly.doyle@durhamcollege.ca.