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Flexible Work Arrangements

The university offers staff flexible scheduling and work week options to manage work and personal demands.  Guidelines are defined in the Flexible Work Arrangements  and Telecommuting policies in the Human Resources section of the university policy and procedure website.  Eligibility and business needs inform the approval process for the following staff flex-time options:

  • Flexible Start/End times
  • Compressed Work Week
  • Voluntary Reduced Work Time
  • Telecommuting

Voluntary Reduced Work Time

The Voluntary Reduced Work Time (V-Time) Policy allows eligible full- time staff employees to reduce responsibilities while remaining eligible for full-time benefits. The employee may work as few as 17.5 hours per week under this arrangement. The base pay of employees in this program will be reduced proportionately in accord with their reduced duties and reduced hours as will benefits that are based on pay.

Guidelines for Granting a Telecommuting Arrangement

Below are guidelines and a procedural checklist to assist managers in reviewing and approving a telecommuting request.

Before approving a telecommuting arrangement consider the following:

  • Determine that it supports the department, college and university’s goals, including cost effectiveness, excellent service and high productivity
  • The impact on the equitable work distribution, productivity and communication needs among colleagues
  • Appropriate performance standards and measures will need to be in place
  • Established means of supervision, communication and systems of accountability
  • Consult with Employee Relations if the telecommuting arrangement is being considered as an accommodation for a medical condition or disability
For more information, see the Telecommuting Policy.

FMLA Leave

FMLA leave is designed to help eligible faculty and staff balance their work and family responsibilities by allowing them to take an unpaid leave of a reasonable length of time for certain family and medical reasons, including:

  • Care for a newborn or adopted child;
  • Serious health condition of spouse, parent or child; or
  • Serious health condition of employee.

FMLA leave may run concurrent with short-term disability benefits when the reason for the FMLA leave is the serious health condition of the employee. Learn more.​