COVID-19 Sick Time and Leave Guidance

March 9, 2020

As conditions change and research advances, this page may be updated at the discretion of the Provost and the Executive Vice President.

The following chart is intended to provide guidance for employee pay/leave questions in situations where an employee is away from the workplace and is not working from home – either because work-from-home is not possible or the employee is sick. Where a particular situation may have various pay/leave options depending on the specific circumstances, there are multiple options indicated. Questions about particular situations should be addressed to the appropriate school/center HR designee. 

Note: This chart is not intended to address employees covered under a collective bargaining agreement. For such employees, refer to the collective bargaining agreement or consult with your HR designee.

COVID-19 Sick Time and Leave
Paid Administrative Leave Paid Time Off (PTO) Sick Time* Short Term Disability (STD) Family and Medical Leave (FMLA) Workers’ Compensation**
Self-Isolation mandated by a public health agency or by Penn guidance due to Penn-related Travel or Exposure in the Workplace X
Self-Isolation mandated by a public health agency or by Penn guidance due to non-Penn-related Travel or Exposure X X
Employee’s Own Illness (COVID-19) due to Penn-related Travel X X
Employee’s Own Illness (COVID-19) due to Exposure in the Workplace X X
Employee’s Own Illness (COVID-19) for reasons other than Penn-related Travel or Exposure in the Workplace X X X X
To Care for a Family Member who is ill (COVID-19) X X X
Child’s School Closed X X

*For the limited purposes of addressing COVID-19, the University will be expanding the uses for Sick Time, as written in the policy.  Specifically:

  • Sick time may be used for a family member for more than 5 days.
  • Sick time may be used for self-isolation periods.
  • Sick time may be used for school closures/child care provider unavailability due to COVID-19.