Employee FAQ

Updated May 21, 2020, 3:28 p.m.

The following information for Bucknell faculty and staff addresses pay, work time and other employment-related situations. Key updates include the following:

May 8, 2020:

  • Additional information regarding compliance with the Governor’s and Secretary’s Non-life Sustaining Business Closure Orders, as amended.

April 24, 2020:

  • Removal of the requirement to use benefit time upon exhausting COVID-19 time. Recent changes at the federal and state level may cause employees to apply for unemployment compensation as soon as they have exhausted their COVID-19 pay.
  • The addition of five more days of COVID-19 pay, for a total of 26 days. Employees may apply for unemployment compensation to further extend their pay and/or utilize other accrued benefit time, including COVID-19 pay.
  • COVID-19 days will expire on June 30, 2020.
  • Information has been added regarding unemployment compensation, the potential for furloughs and other financial savings efforts.

COVID-19 Policies for Employees

The Bucknell University Employee Policy and Procedures on COVID-19 are posted in myBucknell under Forms and Policies (login required). 

The University's COVID-19 Furlough Policy is also located under Forms and Policies. It includes criteria and procedures Bucknell will follow to assure any furlough is in compliance with applicable laws and regulations.

The University’s Policy on COVID-19 Reporting and Protective Equipment is also located under Forms and Policies.

Remote Work

University employees should continue to work from home if at all possible. Staff should speak with their supervisors about whether remote work can be used effectively in their particular situation, including while caring for others who are ill; working during periods of quarantine; or caring for dependent children when schools or childcare providers are closed. Special pay is being provided as described below for those unable to work from home.

For those who absolutely need to be on campus to perform their roles or who are requested to return, the University will continue to take steps to minimize the risk of exposure and transmission. This includes heightened cleaning activities and the provision of additional protective gear as required. For more details, please see the Policy on COVID-19 Reporting and Protective Equipment

Special Pay During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Exhausting COVID-19 Time

Unemployment Compensation



Financial Savings

Employee Morale

Premium Pay

Moving Forward


Human Resources


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