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April 24, 2020

Dear Colleagues,

This is to provide an update on the status of the telecommuting and leave rule relaxation policies Rutgers enacted in March and are set to expire on April 30, 2020. In order to continue to support social distancing, the university will:

  • Extend the telecommuting policy rule relaxation policy through May 31, 2020
  • Extend leave policy rule relaxation (i.e. COVID-19 Paid Leave) through May 8, 2020

Effective May 9, 2020, provide COVID-19 related leave in concert with the Emergency Family Medical Leave Act (E-FMLA) and Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (EPSLA) under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act signed into law on March 18, 2020 (

Please note that additional guidance will be forthcoming early next week.


Vivian Fernández
Senior Vice President for Human Resources and Organizational Effectiveness