Temporary Coronavirus Paid Leave

Temporary Coronavirus Paid Leave expired on 4/4/2022, and in accordance with Public Act 102-0697, the University of Illinois System offers COVID-19 Paid Administrative Leave to eligible employees. As of April 5, 2022, eligible employees may request leave under this program for absences related to qualifying COVID-19 reasons.  

On a temporary basis, the University of Illinois System will continue to provide a limited amount of paid time off to eligible employees in support of COVID-19 vaccination requirements and isolation orders. This leave time will be made available October 1, 2021 until further notice, or until further state or federal guidance is available.

Effective January 9, 2022, and until further notice or further state or federal guidance, Temporary Coronavirus Paid Leave also covers time off needed when required to quarantine due to COVID exposure or isolate due to infection based on University of Illinois Chicago ("UIC"), University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign ("UIUC"), and/or University of Illinois Springfield ("UIS") campus quarantine and isolation guidelines and procedures.

Temporary Coronavirus Paid Leave time is separate from accruable personal sick leave. It does not carryover from previous allocations, is not accruable, and does not carryover once leave availability expires. Employees are not entitled to reimbursement for unused leave upon termination, resignation, retirement, or other separation from employment.

Employees of UI Hospital and Health Sciences System should contact their leave representative for time off available to health care employees.   

Questions about this leave should be directed to your system or university HR contacts noted below. Employees who have exhausted their Temporary Coronavirus Paid Leave may contact their HR representative to learn if  they are eligible for another type of leave (either paid or unpaid).

Eligibility

Employees are eligible from the first day of employment for Temporary Coronavirus Paid Leave if they are unable to work (including remote work) for one of the four qualifying reasons.

  1. Employee tested positive for COVID-19 and is required to isolate in accordance with UIC, UIUC, or UIS campus quarantine and isolation guidelines and procedures.
  2. Employee is identified as a close contact exposure to a COVID-19 positive individual and is required to quarantine in accordance with UIC, UIUC, or UIS campus quarantine and isolation guidelines and procedures.
  3. Employee is obtaining a COVID-19 vaccination, including vaccine boosters.
  4. Employee is recovering from any injury, disability, illness, or condition related to a COVID-19 vaccination, including vaccine boosters.

The current period of usage for this leave is from October 1, 2021. Employees who have exhausted this paid leave since October 1, 2021 should contact their HR office about eligibility for other paid or unpaid leave options.

Amount of leave

If subject to a Federal, State, or local quarantine or isolation requirements:

  • Full-time employees are eligible for up to two weeks of leave time, based on their regular schedule, up to a maximum of 80 hours.
  • Part-time employees are eligible for a total number of hours equal to the number of hours the employee works over a 2-week period, on average.
  • Intermittent leave: Temporary Coronavirus Paid Leave for quarantine or isolation may only be taken intermittently if employee is approved for remote work.

If obtaining a COVID-19 vaccination including a vaccine booster, or recovering from any injury, disability, illness, or condition related to the vaccination, including a vaccine booster:

  • Full-time employees are eligible for up to two days of leave time, based on their regular schedule, up to a maximum of 16 hours.
  • Part-time employees are eligible for a number of hours equal to the number of hours the employee works, on average, over a 2-day period.
  • Intermittent leave: Temporary Coronavirus Paid Leave for vaccination reasons may be taken intermittently.

Calculating Leave Pay

Temporary Coronavirus Paid Leave will be paid at regular rate of pay under the FLSA.

Notice of leave request

  • Employees are required to follow departmental/university sick leave notice procedures for their intent to use Temporary Coronavirus Paid Leave.
  • Employees should complete the Leave Form and submit it to their applicable human resources (HR) office (college/unit HR office, System HR for System Office employees, or Hospital Leave Coordinator for UI Hospital and Clinics).

Forms and Resources

Employee Certification Form (for leaves on or after 10/1/2021 through 1/8/2022)
Employee Certification Form (for leaves on or after 1/9/2022) 
Leave Usage Report (for leaves on or after 10/1/2021 through 1/8/2022)
Leave Usage Report (for leaves on or after 1/9/2022 - TBD) 
UIUC COVID-19 Isolation and Quarantine Guidelines
UIC COVID-19 Isolation and Quarantine Protocol
UIS COVID-19 Isolation and Quarantine Guidelines
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Quarantine and Isolation


Questions should be directed to your system or university HR office: