Revised Guidance for Essential and Non-Essential State Employees

President: March 17, 2020, 12:14 pm

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Dear Colleagues:

I’m writing to update you on the latest guidance from SUNY and New York State.

As I shared yesterday, Governor Cuomo has instructed ‘non-essential’ state employees to work remotely for the foreseeable future. Please note: this designation of ‘non-essential’ for the purposes of the current COVID-19 situation does not mean your work is not valued or needed.

We have created an internal list of ‘essential’ employees, and those employees have been or will shortly be communicated with by their supervisor. All other employees are encouraged to work with their supervisors to take the necessary steps to work remotely.

All employees who anticipate working remotely, even if deemed essential, need to complete a Telecommuting Application. These applications need to be approved by supervisors and VPs prior to anyone working remotely under this plan. Again, please work with your supervisor to ensure a mutual understanding of your plans so we can continue the work necessary to keep our college operating. This will allow the college to understand who is working from where and what state equipment is being used. Please review SUNY’s telecommuting policy before submitting your application.

Employees who are deemed full-time instructional do not need to complete this form because you have already submitted your work plans to work remotely. Adjuncts who are not otherwise employed in another capacity on campus are also covered by the prior form.

We also would like to STRONGLY encourage all employees to sign up for direct deposit, if they have not already done so; for details of how to do so, please see today’s Daily Eagle message. Many employees still receive a paper check, which is then mailed to departments for employee pick-up. Should an employee wish to have their paycheck mailed to their home, we ask that they call email by 4 pm today.

We will continue to provide updates as we are made aware of new information.

Thank you for your ongoing commitment to Brockport.

President Macpherson

Last Updated 3/17/20

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