Conditions for Work Arrangements

Brandon University takes the health and safety of everyone on campus very seriously. These are our top priorities during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The Brandon University campus is largely closed, and you should work from home as much as you can, to help reduce the number of people who must be on campus during the coronavirus pandemic. Working from home will not be possible for all employees. However, those who can work from home will be helping to protect those who remain on campus. Speak with your supervisor about your work-from-home plan that will limit the number and lengths of your visits to campus.

We recognize that there are new stresses and new commitments for many of us. We encourage flexibility in everyone’s response. The following work arrangements took effect Monday, April 13, and replace the previous work arrangements.

If you are still working about the same amount:

  • If you will be doing all or almost all your job from home, no changes (normal pay provisions apply).
  • If you will be doing some of your job from home and are required to come to campus for the remainder, no changes (normal pay provisions apply).
  • If you will be doing all of your job from campus because work from home arrangements are not possible given the nature of your work, no changes (normal pay provisions apply).

If you are working less:

  • If you will be doing some but not all of your job, either from home or campus, you will be required to draw banked overtime and vacation to cover your remaining hours. You may also opt for a partial unpaid leave.
  • If you will not be doing any of your job either from home or campus, you will be required to use banked overtime and take vacation days. You may also opt for an unpaid leave or voluntary layoff.

If you are caring for someone else:

  • If you are not doing your full job and you are caring for someone who is ill, or who is self-isolating/quarantined, you will first draw on your care-for balance, then banked overtime and vacation, to cover those hours. You may also opt for a partial unpaid leave.
  • If you are not doing your full job and you are caring for a child who is home without childcare or school, you will first draw on your care-for balance, then banked overtime and vacation, to cover those hours. You may also opt for a partial unpaid leave.

If you yourself are sick or self-isolating:

  • If you are self-isolating/quarantined and still able to work from home, you can continue to work and be paid regular time for those hours (normal pay provisions apply).
  • If you are ill, or self-isolating/quarantined, and not able to do some or any work from home, you will draw on sick time to cover any remaining hours. If your sick time is or will be depleted, you can then draw on your banked overtime and vacation. You may also opt for an unpaid leave.

If you have stopped working because of COVID-19, the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) may provide you with temporary income support.

We know that this situation brings with it a great deal of uncertainty and the members of our community have many questions.  We have created an FAQ to guide our Faculty and Staff through our interim measures which have been established to maintain the University operations effectively.