Given the financial uncertainties associated with the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, it is essential to take steps to support financial readiness for continued operations. Effective immediately, UAB is implementing strict temporary hiring restrictions.

Learn more about temporary hiring suspension

Resources contributed by UAB Benefits, Employee Wellness, EACC, and Learning & Development have been consolidated on this webpage: go.uab.edu/covid19HRresources.

High-Risk Individuals

According to the CDC, individuals with certain conditions might be at a higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. These conditions may include:

  • Age
  • Chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma
  • Diabetes
  • Liver disease
  • Chronic kidney disease being treated with dialysis
  • Severe obesity
  • Being immunocompromised (including recent transplant patients) or taking steroids

Students, faculty, and staff directed to come to campus who have concerns about doing so due to age or a medical condition may contact Human Resources (faculty and staff), the AWARE Program (faculty and staff), or Disability Support Services (students). Individuals in a high-risk category may be eligible for reasonable accommodation, leave of absence, or other mitigating measures. Please note, however, that fear of contracting COVID-19 is not recognized generally as a valid reason for accommodation. For more information on accommodations, please review the HR entry guidance document.  

Child Care Resources

UAB’s Child Care Center will have to follow all state guidelines in terms of reopening, and the university may also weigh in as well in addition to those guidelines. The safety of the children and workers is of paramount importance in that setting. UAB is currently providing very limited childcare services on a plan that was reviewed and approved by the state and those services are only being provided to the children of front-line health care workers right now. UAB leadership is working to respond to challenges some university employees will face as K-12 school districts adopt hybrid teaching plans for the fall term. Distinct strategies and application processes have been devised for employees of UAB and UAB Medicine, according to work groups, for the nine-week period beginning Aug. 31. To learn about these resources, click here

Financial Resources

For finance emergencies, contact the Financial Affairs emergency team.

Employee Assistance Programs:

UAB offers teleconferencing appointments for employees seeking Employee Emergency Assistance (EEAP) via zoom or phone. Applications must be submitted electronically. Required forms are available on the Benevolent Fund website, along with instructions about how to submit your application.

Assistance is typically provided to employees facing financial crisis due to a spouse’s sudden unemployment, loss of income for a medical reason, medical expenses that are more than their family can handle, loss due to fire/natural disaster, and safety from domestic violence.

If you have any questions regarding EEAP, including if your situation might qualify, you may contact Tamela Hughes by email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or at (205) 825-6282. All requests for assistance are handled in a confidential manner. In a financial emergency contact the Financial Affairs emergency team.

Blazer Kitchen will continue to provide food to employees and students in need via a drive-through process at UAB Medical Towers (1717 11th Ave S) each Wednesday between the hours of noon-6 p.m. If you have not shopped with Blazer Kitchen since July 2019, online information forms should be completed. Forms are in English or Spanish.

Students and employees who are quarantined due to COVID-19 exposure or diagnosis will be allowed to send someone to pick up a food bag given the above procedures are followed. If you have any questions please call (205) 834-2895.

There has been no change to the UAB Educational Assistance program. It will continue to cover in-state tuition as outlined in HR Policy 319. Anything billed through student accounting as a fee (not in-state tuition) would not be covered.

Financial Systems Across Campus:

While working remotely, some employees may need access to important documents or systems to maintain the flow of business. Here are some resources: