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Guidance from Human Resources

Dear Colleagues,

As the Coronavirus pandemic continues to impact many of our lives, Adelphi Executive Leadership has been working around the clock to determine the best ways to keep our community operational, safe, and informed of the decisions affecting all of us. Each day has presented new challenges and questions surrounding the adjustments we’ve all had to make in our lives and at the workplace.

Human Resources has compiled information that we feel can help all of us cope with unknowns, “firsts” and difficult situations, from working remotely, to defining “essential” employees and to questions surrounding pay, absence, and other policies. We recognize that things feel uncertain and stressful at this time, and it is our hope that this information will help alleviate some of the concerns we are all feeling.

First, please understand we are all “essential” at Adelphi. When we say “essential personnel” we mean employees that need to physically be on Adelphi campuses due to the nature of their jobs. When we say “non-essential” we are talking about the bulk of employees – those who can successfully complete their responsibilities remotely, at home, all or most of the time or whose on-campus work schedule has been reduced during this time.

To help you navigate this new, temporary work world, we have developed the following guidance:

  1. A guide to policy based upon actual work scenarios, including remaining operational with reduced on-campus workforce, partial closing, having to care for children or elders at home with reduced productivity, virtual workplace, etc. Each scenario is outlined with corresponding policies.
  2. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for managers to guide decision-making around these scenarios.
  3. An FAQ for non-managerial employees to help them understand how they will be managed and treated with respect to pay and absence/time off.
  4. A guide for managers to establish effective/ best practices in managing a remote team or individual.
  5. A guide for non-managers to help them adjust to working remotely.
  6. An Emergency Temporary Remote Work Agreement: Due to New York State mandated on-campus workplace staffing levels, all employees, except faculty, whether working remotely or on a reduced on-campus schedule, must complete the form, even if you have recently provided the long Telecommuting form to HR. This form can be completed in one minute— and is for all temporary remote work arrangements.
  7. Resources available to you, including HR Partner support and CIGNA’s Employee Assistance Program, (EAP), available to all full-time employees.

This guidance also applies to full and part time faculty, including adjuncts, who may be working remotely or continuing to teach online.

All managers and non-managers should use this guidance to help them navigate the current unprecedented landscape as we work through our hybrid remote structure. This guidance remains in effect until further notice and is subject to change as Adelphi leadership deems necessary.

Finally, IT has created a thorough webpage that informs all members of the community on technology usage, helpful remote work applications, needed equipment, network support and other concerns. View the Guide to Working Remotely.

Do not hesitate to reach out for support as we navigate this new reality together.

Scenarios for Managers

FAQs for Managers

FAQs for Employees

» View the Human Resources Guide to Working Remotely

» Submit the Emergency Temporary Remote Work Agreement


For further information, please contact:

Office of Human Resources
p – 516.877.3220
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Health Services Center
Waldo Hall
p – 516.877.6000
f – 516.877.6008
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