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What if Covid-19 is still a safety issue for my family and me?

Covid-19 has affected everyone differently. We are watching the developing news around the scientific findings and following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH), and University System of Georgia (USG) guidance.  If you have a unique situation, please reach out to your HR Business Partner or HR Representative to discuss further.  


 

How can returning to work be safe if we do not know who was vaccinated in our space or on our team?

Updated June 16, 2021

The CDC has said that fully vaccinated individuals are safe to return to normal activities. With limited exceptions such as healthcare settings, it is safe for those who are fully vaccinated to interact normally and without face coverings.  
 
In all circumstances, those individuals who have not been vaccinated are strongly encouraged to wear a face covering. All individuals may continue to decide to wear a face covering for their personal reasons.


 

Am I allowed to ask a faculty member, staff member, or student if they are vaccinated?

Updated June 16, 2021

No, you are not allowed to inquire about someone’s personal healthcare decision.


 

If I didn’t have a formal telework arrangement pre-Covid-19, do I need to request one now?

Updated May 30, 2021

The USG guidance ends all Covid-19-related work accommodations on June 30. All employees with Covid-19-related accommodations need to begin making transition plans with their managers. Our teleworking policies have always enabled teleworking arrangements. Existing teleworking agreements — including those newly developed in 2020 that are not related to Covid-19 — remain valid and should be reviewed annually. 

If an employee needs to request a non-Covid-19-related accommodation under ADA, the employee may submit a request at any time by completing the Employee Accommodation Request Form

As campus adjusts to a post-vaccine environment, it does not diminish the Institute’s commitment to flexible work. Our teleworking policies have always enabled teleworking arrangements and those are separate from ADA accommodations. Existing teleworking agreements — including those newly developed in 2020 that are not related to Covid-19 — remain valid and should be reviewed annually. Telework approvals are based on management discretion and should be granted based on what best serves students, lessons learned from the last year and the overall institutional mission. Please work with your manager to discuss your teleworking options. 

In the same spirit that allowed us to support each other through the pandemic, we ask people leaders to consider individual circumstances and embrace flexible working arrangements that have always existed at Georgia Tech where appropriate.  


 

What can I do if I worked remotely without issue during the pandemic, but my manager will not let me work remotely now?

Updated May 21, 2021

Review the current telework policy here. As we complete our action plan for the Future of Work initiative, telework standards will be clarified. More information will be shared as that work is completed. 


 

What are the next steps for Future of Work?

Updated May 19, 2021

The Future of Work is taking cues from the successes and challenges of the past year. Updated information and insights about how to incorporate those findings into our Return to Work strategy will be forthcoming by early June.