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COVID-19 Dependent Care Leave Options

UC Expanded Paid Administrative Leave (PAL)

On March 16, 2020, President Napolitano issued an executive order whereby eligible employees would receive a “one-time allotment of up to 128 hours of paid administrative leave,” subject to specific conditions such as:

  1. Employees own COVID-19 related illness or that of a family member

  2. COVID-19 related school or daycare closure requires an employee to be at home with child/dependent and it is not operationally feasible for them to work remotely or in conjunction with childcare commitment 

Can be taken intermittently, recorded in hours, and must be used no later than December 31, 2020. 

Read more on eligibility requirements

UC Emergency Paid Sick Leave (EPSL)

UCOP is offering all its employees, including represented employees, an additional 2021 allotment of Emergency Paid Sick Leave (EPSL) - available for use immediately.

UCOP’s 2021 EPSL is available to employees who are unable to work or telework for the reasons below, which include those specified in the original EPSL provisions and a few additions:

  • Reason 1: The employee is subject to a federal, state, or local quarantine or isolation order related to COVID 19.

  • Reason 2: The employee has been advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine due to concerns related to COVID-19.

  • Reason 3:

a) The employee is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and is seeking a medical diagnosis from a health care provider;

b) New: The employee has been exposed to COVID-19 and is seeking or awaiting the results of a diagnostic test for, or a medical diagnosis of, COVID-19;

c) New: The University has requested that the employee obtain a diagnostic test for, or a medical diagnosis of, COVID-19, and the employee is seeking or awaiting those results;

d) New: The employee is obtaining immunization related to COVID-19; or

e) New: The employee is recovering from an injury, disability, illness, or condition related to obtaining immunization related to COVID-19.

  • Reason 4: The employee is caring for an individual who is either subject to a federal, state, or local quarantine or isolation order related to COVID-19 or who has been advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine due to concerns related to COVID-19.

  • Reason 5: The employee is caring for their child whose school or place of care has closed (or whose child care provider is unavailable) for reasons related to COVID-19.

  • Reason 6: The employee is experiencing any other substantially similar condition specified by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Full-time employees may take up to 80 hours of EPSL, while those who are part-time may take up to the two-week equivalent. As before, employees will receive their regular rate of pay during EPSL. Please read the Frequently Asked Questions on page 2 of this document(link is external) from UCOP if you need additional information, or contact your HR Business Partner.

Caregiver Support

Caregiver Connect Support Group (for Caregivers of Elders)

Join the Elder Care Program for Caregivers Connect. The group meets virtually on the first Tuesday of the month, and the third Friday of the month from 11 am -12 pm.
These small group meetings will focus on a different topic each month. You are welcome to drop-in for any subject of interest.
Registration is required to attend these Zoom meetings. 

Support for Parents and Caregivers of Children

Join Be Well at Work for Parenting and Caregivers of Children Support. The group meets virtually on the second Wednesday at 11 am - noon, and the forth Wednesday of the month from 12:30 - 1:30 pm. These small group meetings will focus on a different topic each month. You are welcome to drop-in for any subject of interest.
Registration is required to attend these Zoom meetings. 

Be Well at Work Employee Assistance

Be Well at Work - Employee Assistance provides no cost confidential counseling and referral for UC Berkeley faculty, staff, visiting scholars, and postdocs.
Appointments are available by phone or video using a HIPAA-compliant platform. 

To schedule an appointment with an Employee Assistance counselor, please contact us at (510) 643-7754 or email employeeassistance@berkeley.edu

Be Well at Work Work/Life

Be Well at Work Work/Life delivers programs and services to support faculty, staff, visiting scholars, and postdocs, with integrating work and home life at any stage, while also promoting and advocating for policies and practices that encourage and reinforce UC Berkeley's values as a family-friendly campus.
If you are in need of parenting, familial, or financial wellness resources, please contact Karen Patchell at kpatchell@berkeley.edu.

Be Well at Work Elder Care Program

Be Well at Work - Elder Care Program offers confidential, free assistance to UC Berkeley faculty, staff, visiting scholars, and postdocs who are caring for or concerned about an elder or dependent adult. Appointments are available by phone or video using a HIPAA-compliant platform.
To schedule an appointment with an Elder Care counselor, please email employeeassistance@berkeley.edu

Dependent Care Needs

Berkeley CareBubbles 

Berkeley CareBubbles is a parent-to-parent resource to help UC Berkeley community members meet their child care needs during the Covid-19 pandemic. Find other Cal families looking to trade childcare, share tutors, create bubbles, and more. Start your search today 

Bright Horizons Back-Up Care Program

Bright Horizons provides all benefits-eligible employees back-up care when their regular child or adult/elder care is unavailable. Eligbile employees can use up to 120 hours of back up care through June 30, 2021. Learn more. 

UC’s Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account (DepCare FSA)

UC’s Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account (DepCare FSA) allows employees to set aside $5,000 ($2,500 if you are married and filing a separate income tax return) of pretax money each year for dependent care expenses.

Read more on eligibility requirements

Educational Enrichment & After School Program (Berkeley Rec Sports) 

As the start of a new academic year is upon us, we are excited to announce a special youth program for the children of UC Berkeley faculty and staff members. The Recreational Sports Department will be facilitating a full day of educational enrichment and recreational program offerings at Strawberry Canyon Recreation Area for children aged 5-11 years old. 

Read more on registration and eligibility

Early Education Childhood Program (ECEP)

The ECEP is working under various new protocols and procedures to comply with health and safety guidelines. Due to this, class sizes have been significantly reduced and have resulted in less availability of care spaces for families.

ECEP’s 2020-21 school year will commence with limited enrollment based upon the enrollment priorities established by the University.

They will continue to accept applications from new families for their waiting list, however at this time they will not be able to provide care for any new families.

SitterCity 

As part of University of California's employee benefit program, employees have free access to Sittercity's extensive database of babysitters, nannies, elder companions, pet sitters, and housekeepers.

The cost of membership is paid by the University. Employees pay only for the services of the caregivers they select. Visit the UC SitterCity site  to activate your free membership. 

UC Breastfeeding Support Program

The Breastfeeding Support Program (BFSP) is coordinated by Be Well at Work Wellness for Faculty & Staff, and serves staff, students, and their spouses/domestic partners, as well as employees at UCOP and LBNL who choose to continue breastfeeding after returning to work or school.

The BFSP program includes:

  • Lactation rooms on campus with Ameda hospital-grade breastpumps
  • Personal hygienikit to use with hospital-grade pumps sold at cost
  • Breastfeeding classes facilitated by a certified lactation consultant

Email: breastfeeding@lists.berkeley.edu(link sends e-mail) 

Berkeley Parents Network (BPN)

Berkeley Parents Network(link is external) is a site for Bay Area parents to seek advice, exchange information, and make parent connections.