Feeling sick

Stay home if you are feeling sick, regardless if you think it is COVID-19 or not. You should be symptom-free of any illness for 48 hours before returning to campus. If you test positive for COVID-19, please follow USask's guidelines for isolation and reporting.

Time away from work

Tested positive for COVID-19

  • Immediately notify your people leader and follow the isolation guidelines if you have a confirmed case of COVID-19 or if you suspect you have COVID-19 as well if you have come in close contact of a positive or suspect case. This will allow USask to take the appropriate actions to safeguard our community as well as provide you with available resources or support. 
  • If directed by your people leader, complete a Wellness Referral to initiate the medical/sick leave process. The Wellness Referral will be sent to arc Health, the university’s third-party disability and medical accommodation provider. They will check in with you during your quarantine period, advice on further testing if required, and confirm your return to work date with your people leader once it is safe for you to return to work.
  • If you can work from home, please work with your people leader to arrange this plan.
  • You may be covered for income loss and time away under the appropriate sick time and disability plan.
  • If you do not have sick leave or disability benefits you can apply for EI Sickness Benefits or discuss using other time to cover your absence such as banked time, vacation, etc.
It is a best practice to test negative using a rapid antigen test before returning to campus.
  • If you are unable to continue to work from home notify your people leader.
  • If you will be off for longer than 5 days, please complete a Wellness Referral to initiate the medical/sick leave process. The Wellness Referral will be sent to arc Health, the university’s third-party disability and medical accommodation provider. They will check in with you during your quarantine period, advise on further testing if required, and confirm your return the work date with your people leader once you are cleared to return to work.
  • You may be covered for income loss and time away under the appropriate sick time and disability plan.
  • If you do not have sick leave or disability benefits you can apply for EI Sickness Benefits or discuss using other time to cover your absence such as banked time, vacation, etc.

Other time off

Effective March 18, 2021, the Government of Saskatchewan amended The Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, 2020, to incorporate a Special Vaccination Leave. This new provision allows for paid time off from work for employees to be vaccinated for COVID-19. The new section 6-22.1, Special Vaccination Leave, establishes that during the pandemic:

  • Workers are entitled to three consecutive hours leave during work hours to receive a COVID-19 vaccination; or
  • Workers are entitled to a period longer than three consecutive hours, if in the opinion of the employer, the circumstances warrant a longer break from work; and
  • Workers do not lose any pay or other benefits while receiving a COVID-19 vaccination.

Employees are to request time off through established request/approval practices (e.g. requesting time off for a medical appointment), and people leaders are to approve the requested time off (standard of three consecutive hours with the option for a longer period if deemed to be warranted) without loss of pay and without applying any paid entitlements (like sick leave, vacation leave, previously banked OT/additional time, etc.). Should employees’ requests for time off present operational challenges for the college/department/unit, please contact your HR Strategic Business Advisor (SBA) to determine if alternate solutions might exist.

We recognize that some people with health concerns and chronic illnesses may be concerned about the potential impact COVID-19 virus. If you have been advised to work-from-home by your doctor please do the following:

Steps to Take

  1. Talk to your manager advising them of your situation and explore a work-from-home accommodation. If you are able to work remotely no further steps are required.
  2. If your position cannot be done remotely you may qualify to access disability/sick leave benefits under the disability plan under which you are covered or alternate options can be explored with your people leader and HR Strategic Business Advisor (SBA).

On-campus, remote, or hybrid working

Find information and resources in PAWS including:

Work arrangements

Agreements and guidelines for on-campus, remote and hybrid work arrangements.

Preparing to return

Logistics, preparing the workplace, furniture, computers, etc.

Working hybrid or remote

Accessing systems and files, videoconferencing, teaching remotely and more. 

Travel

USask has a travel policy in place to address the COVID-19 pandemic for all faculty, staff and students.

Facilities

Facilities is committed to ensuring the appropriate levels of support are in place. Protocols, schedules and routines are continuously reviewed and updated as new information is available.