April 3, 2020

HUMAN RESOURCES ANNOUNCEMENTS

COVID-19 Sparks Anxiety

When facing uncertain times, feelings of stress and anxiety will undoubtedly be running high.  ACI Specialty Benefits, our Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provider has created a brief video to share with our community on how to manage stress and anxiety due to coronavirus concerns. In addition, ACI’s EAP video chat sessions with licensed mental health clinicians provide convenient access to care during this time of social distancing.  

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The Employee Assistance Program is available to full-time employees covered under the life insurance plan. Members may access the EAP benefits with MyACIonline. For personalized crisis consultation or specific questions, please reach out to ACI directly at 800.932.0034 or email info@acispecialtybenefits.com.  

Additional Resources:

EAP Coping with a Traumatic Event
EAP COVID-19: How to Prepare
EAP Legal and Financial Wellness Services
EAP COVID-19 Support 

ICYMI - Lawrence Tech Offers Clinical Counseling Services

Clinical Counseling Services is available to assist you as we deal with the stress and anxiety of COVID-19 on our campus and global community. To schedule an appointment email us at clinicalcounseling@ltu.edu.  We will be in touch to set up an appointment via Zoom and have you fill out any necessary paperwork. We are also scheduling any regular or ongoing appointments you may have had.  Please refer to the attachment and links below as they contain links to the MySSP app and to helpful resources to support your mental health. If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact us. 

Additional Resources:

Strategies for coping 
Coronavirus anxiety resources
Coronavirus Q&A

Stay Safe and Healthy,

The Office of Human Resources 

March 26, 2020

CLINICAL COUNSELING SERVICES

Clinical Counseling Services is available to assist you as we deal with the stress and anxiety of COVID-19 on our campus and global community. To schedule an appointment email us at clinicalcounseling@ltu.edu.  We will be in touch to set up an appointment via Zoom and have you fill out any necessary paperwork. We are also scheduling any regular or ongoing appointments you may have had.  Please refer to the attachment and links below as they contain links to the MySSP app and to helpful resources to support your mental health. If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact us.  

Additional Resources:

Strategies for coping 
Coronavirus anxiety resources
Coronavirus Q&A

Dr. Jeffrey Betman
Christy Schulze, LLPC

March 25, 2020

USE OF STUDENT EMPLOYEES DURING STAY HOME, STAY SAFE

LTU student employees are classified as non-essential and will not be working on campus during the current “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order.  In most cases, student employees can not complete their job functions off-campus. Exceptions to work off-campus as a student employee must be approved by the Dean of Students. Only supervisors can request an exception. Supervisors should email studean@ltu.edu. Please provide the first and last name of the student, and the necessary work responsibilities. An approval or disapproval will be communicated within 24 hours.

March 25, 2020

DAILY HEALTH SCREENING REQUIRED FOR EVERYONE ON CAMPUS

The Oakland County Health Department has required all businesses still open during this time to have a screening mechanism in place for any employees who are onsite.  This is a daily screening requirement that is effective beginning today at noon.

For the benefit of yourself and our LTU Community, and to be in compliance with the Oakland County Health Department Order of 3/25/2020, this form must be completed for every day you are on campus. Your information will be protected and made available only to those meeting the order requirement.  It is your responsibility to complete it, and follow the instructions below. We will be reviewing the data to be sure you are in compliance.  

Here's the link for the Daily screening form.  

https://forms.gle/QAsiybg5tjB41HFr6    

If there's someone coming to campus from the outside, you may complete this form on their behalf. Thank you for your cooperation!

Linda Height
Vice President, Finance and Administration

March 20, 2020

OFFICE OF HUMAN RESOURCES

Office of Human Resources is here to answer your questions. If you have a medical condition that would make you a high or very high exposure risk, please contact Starlett Sinclair, Senior Manager Benefits and HRIS, at benefits@ltu.edu.

March 13, 2020

OFFICE OF HUMAN RESOURCES

Lawrence Tech's number one priority is the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, guests and community partners.  This communication is an addendum to email correspondence sent from President Moudgil on March 10 and 11.  

As the COVID-19 (coronavirus) affects local communities, many employees are inquiring about work-life balance matters. Below, we outline some important reminders as the university tackles this worldwide phenomenon.

Employees Who Have Definitely Been Exposed to the Virus

Employees who show symptoms can use available paid sick days as usual; and may qualify for FMLA depending on the duration of the illness. Refer to both the Employee Handbook Addendum (i.e., policy 509) and Employee Handbook for Administrators, Faculty and Staff (i.e, policy 1013) for more information. FMLA Source, our third party administrator, created a special bulletin to share with our employees regarding Leaves of Absences - see attached. 

Leaves of Absences

One of the primary questions related to the coronavirus outbreak is whether leaves taken due to COVID-19 qualify for protection under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The answer depends on a few factors. In the event that an employee has been quarantined at home or elsewhere, the key question will be: Is that employee symptomatic and showing signs of the illness? FMLA Source, our third party administrator, created a special bulletin to share with our employees regarding Leaves of Absences - view bulletin.

Employees Who May Have Been Exposed to the Virus

Employees that are not feeling well are reminded to seek treatment for non-emergency illness through their medical provider or Telehealth Services, which is offered to Health Alliance Plan (HAP) participants.

K-12 School Closures and Its Affects on Employees

Parents with kids in grades K-6 can use available paid personal and vacation days at their discretion, as usual. Refer to the Employee Handbook Addendum (i.e., policies 506 and 510) for more information.

Work-Sponsored and Personal Travel

International work-sponsored travel by faculty and staff is prohibited without permission from their direct supervisor. Employees who have personally traveled to or from CDC designated countries listed as Level 3 (or have plans to) are required to notify their direct supervisor and submit this form

Working Remotely

There are certain positions that are critical to LTU's on-going business operations that require job duties to be performed on campus. These positions will not be approved to work remotely. Conversely, there are other positions that are equally important, but can be performed remotely in extenuating circumstances on a temporary basis. Remote access will only be granted to certain positions at the discretion of department supervisors with final approval by the Office of Human Resources. IT Services and eLearning Services have assembled a resource to help the LTU community prepare to conduct our business remotely. 

Virus-Related Challenges 

Employees who are reluctant to come to work for personal reasons but are not ill are encouraged to reach out to our Employee Assistance Program.