Carnegie Mellon University

Emergency Time Off

Effective March 16, 2020, until further notice

The health and well-being of our community remains our number one priority. As such, and in response to the current state of emergency, the university has authorized eligible employees to use up to 10 days of paid emergency time off (in addition to time under the university's paid time off policy).

Eligibility requirements for this emergency time off include the following:

  • Eligible employees who are unable to work remotely, who must be off to care for themselves or their dependents, or who are in a high risk category as defined by the CDC
  • Depletion of all other available time off and leave options and balances

To apply for Emergency Time Off, please review the detailed instructions in the Emergency Time Off Quick Guide [pdf].

This time off may run concurrently with Family Medical Leave (FML).

Emergency Time Off Program

When can I use this time off? Once all other types of eligible paid time off and leave are depleted.
What is the purpose?

To cover eligible employees who are unable to work remotely, who must be off to care for themselves or their dependents, or who are in a high risk category as defined by the CDC. 

This Emergency Time off only applies when an event is declared as Emergency Time Off eligible by the Executive Management Team.

Amount of time off

For PTO eligible employees: Up to 10 days of Emergency Time Off at 100% pay

For non-PTO eligible/non-union employees: Up to 10 days of time off at 100% pay, split between:

  • Up to 40 hours of paid sick time under the Pittsburgh Paid Sick Days Act. Under this Emergency Time Off Program, paid sick time may be used even if the paid sick time has not yet been earned.
  • Up to five days of Emergency Time Off at 100% regular pay, if needed, after the exhaustion of paid sick time.

For non-PTO eligible/union employees: Specific policies and procedures will be developed and communicated by their respective operational managers.

When does eligibility begin? Immediately upon employment.