Guidelines for compensating employees affected by COVID-19 are in effect

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New rules 492New guidelines for compensating employees who have been exposed, exhibit symptoms or test positive for COVID-19 became effective Sept. 13, and units/departments are required to follow them for members of all workgroups. 

The revised guidance better explains the circumstances under which employees may continue to receive pay — and when they will be required to use benefit time — while they are awaiting COVID-19 test results or quarantining following a positive test result.

“We have created a uniform compensation document to help managers and employees navigate the varying circumstances that are arising during this pandemic,” said UAB’s Chief Human Resources Officer Alesia Jones. “A key element is distinguishing circumstances that enable employees to receive pay or require them to use benefit time to minimize confusion and eliminate surprises.”

Most important, the revised guidance draws a distinction between employees who undergo testing at UAB and those who elect to be tested elsewhere, Jones said. Preference is given to testing at UAB because it promotes continuity of the process for getting timely test results and returning to campus.

Here’s a breakdown:

  • All employees who are instructed to test by Employee Health after reporting a close-contact exposure or COVID-19 symptoms will receive pay until test results are received, typically within 24-48 hours — if they test at UAB or are directed in writing by Employee Health to use an external test facility. If employee tests elsewhere without approval from Employee Health, they must use benefit time until test results are received.

  • All employees who test positive for COVID-19 must self-isolate as directed by their testing facility and/or Employee Health and may work remotely, if feasible. All employees, including those who are unable to work remotely, will be paid for up to 10 calendar days if they test at UAB or are directed in writing by Employee Health to use an external test facility. If employee is not released to return to work by Employee Health after 10 calendar days, they will be required to use benefit time (or if needed, take EFMLEA or FMLA, if eligible). 

  • On-campus employees who participate in UAB’s weekly sentinel testing are compensated for testing time and may continue working while awaiting results.


Direct questions to 
humanresources@uab.edu.