UAB has implemented temporary hiring restrictions, which apply to all faculty and staff positions, including temporary and part-time positions. For positions that are critical to business operations and included in the categories enumerated in the published guidance, departments can request an exception to the hiring suspension. For information regarding permissible and impermissible health-related questions and/or health screenings for positions hired, please contact an HR Consultant, HR Employee Relations, and/or Employee Health.

Requests for Accommodations

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

Childcare resources for employees can be found on the Resources for Employees with Childcare Needs - Human Resources. Employees unable to work due to their own or a family member’s COVID-19 illness, or due to their responsibilities as a caregiver, should use available leave balances (e.g. sick leave, vacation, personal holiday, or other accrued leave).

It is important that employees do not bring their children or other family members to work to ensure compliance with safety and risk-reduction measures.

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: