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Employees: Frequently asked questions

Below are answers to some frequently asked questions about our return to on-site work.

Can I ask another employee if they have been vaccinated?

No. Please do not violate individual health privacy by asking other employees about their vaccination status. 

What do I do if an employee refuses to wear a mask in a common area or gathering space?

Refusal to wear a mask in a common area or gathering space constitutes a violation of university policies. Supervisors may call Employee Relations at 859-257-8758 or use this form to report an incident. 

If an employee chooses not to be vaccinated, can they continue working remotely?

University leaders will make decisions about all flexible work options, including remote work, based on the employee’s position and how the work they do contributes to the UK student and community experience. An employee’s personal decision about a vaccine does not determine or influence the flexible work options for their position. 

We encourage employees who are advised against getting vaccinated for medical reasons or choose not to get vaccinated for religious reasons to contact UK’s Office of Institutional Equity and Equal Opportunity about potential accommodations, which may include the ability to work remotely. 

  

Can employees work from home when they are sick, unrelated to COVID-19?

No. TDL (sick time) should be utilized when an employee is ill. 

Who is responsible for cleaning my work environment?

UK Facilities Management continues to provide routine building cleaning and as required, based on potential exposures. In addition to these efforts, employees should clean high-touch surfaces and objects routinely, using disinfectant wipes once daily. Examples of frequently touched items include:   

  • Tables   

  • Copiers   

  • Doorknobs   

  • Light switches   

  • Countertops   

  • Handles   

  • Desks    

  • Phones   

  • Keyboards and computer mouse   

  • Touch screens   

Who can employees talk with if they are concerned about their workplace safety and health?

Please call Environmental Health & Safety at (859) 257-9730 

What happens if an employee finds out they have been exposed to COVID-19? What if they experience symptoms?

If an employee is experiencing any symptoms related to COVID-19, they should contact their primary care provider to schedule a telehealth appointment and a COVID-19 test within the next 48 hours. They can also contact UK Health Corps at (859) 218-SAFE (7233) or healthcorps@uky.edu if they would like assistance in finding COVID-19 testing resources. Additional information is found in the symptoms and exposure handout. 

Are new employees eligible for flexible work options?

Yes, if the position is eligible for flexible work options. We also strongly encourage hiring managers/department chairs to consider what early opportunities will help the employee succeed in their new role – as an individual and as part of a collaborative team/department. Some of these opportunities may be a better fit for face-to-face introductions and discussions. We encourage that the onboarding process is conducted on site. 

Will an employee's compensation be adjusted if they live in another state?

No. The university’s compensation is based on market-analysis for central Kentucky and/or nationally, depending on the position. Employees should be advised that if they move to a state with higher taxes, they may see a decrease in their take-home pay. 

What should an employee do if they are injured while working remotely?

If an employee is injured while working remotely, they should follow the same, standard protocol as if they worked on site:  

  • If a work injury is life-threatening or results in serious bodily injury, immediately call 911. 

  • For non-urgent injuries, Employee should report the injury to their supervisor and to CorVel’s 24/7 Workers Care hotline at 1-800-440-6285. 

  • Additional information is available on HR's Workers' Compensation page

What happens if an employee finds out they may have been or were exposed to COVID-19? What if they experience symptoms?

If an employee is experiencing any symptoms related to COVID-19, they should contact their primary care provider to schedule a telehealth appointment and a COVID-19 test within the next 48 hours.  

Employees can also contact UK Health Corps at (859) 218-SAFE (7233) or healthcorps@uky.edu if they would like assistance in finding COVID-19 testing resources or if they are unsure whether they were exposed. Additional information is found in the symptoms and exposure handout.