Student News & Updates

New York State Sick Leave

Effective January 1, 2021, the law sets a minimum threshold for sick leave hours provided by employers. It also expands who is eligible for paid sick leave as well as the reasons an employee can use sick leave and requires that employers provide a summary of all used sick leave to employees upon request.

Students working in hourly paid positions will now accrue 1 hour of sick pay for every 30 hours worked. Students are able to view their accruals in HRMS. Students should consult with their supervisors and or/timekeepers to learn more about sick leave and entering time in HRMS.

Employees are able to use sick leave to take care of issues related to illness, injury, or medical care for their qualifying family, which includes spouses and domestic partners, children, parents, siblings, grandparents, and grandchildren. This time can also be used for issues related to domestic violence for themselves or qualifying family.

Please visit the Human Resources website for additional information and resources, including directions on how to record sick leave in HRMS. The University’s new Sick Leave Policy (Policy 337) and FAQs are also available.

Remote Work Locations

Students have the opportunity to work remotely if they are residing on-campus, generally in New York State, or within one of the following states:

  • California
  • Illinois
  • Kansas
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • New Jersey
  • North Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Virginia

Students not residing in New York State or one of these states will not be able to continue in their positions or be hired into new positions until fall 2021.

Students on Stipend Appointments:

  • Students paid semi-monthly as teaching assistants will be subject to the same rules as above.
  • Students paid semi-monthly as research assistants will NOT be subject to the rule above, as these activities are considered educational, and can continue in their positions as long as their research activities can be completed remotely. This includes funding through RIG, Discover, HOUR, and related programs.
  • Graduate payments as part of their academic program are NOT subject to the requirements above. However, graduate “add-on” appointments will be subject to the rules outlined above.

Questions on undergraduate hiring may be directed to the hiring department for semi-monthly positions and to Student Employment for hourly positions.

Questions on graduate hiring may be directed to GEPA.