Available Resources for HR Managers

March 17, 2020

Reminder to HR Managers of the resources available to all of you, and the faculty and staff within your schools/departments. CUHR is here to support you as you work through the unique challenges being presented to all of us as the HR leadership at Columbia. We are all working together to provide you information as quickly as possible, based on the latest guidance available from federal, state, and local government as well as University guidance.

First and foremost, the health and welfare of our faculty and staff is of the utmost importance and Columbia offers a number of resources to help you personally during stressful times. The Employee Assistance Program is a free, confidential resource available 24/7 and provides the opportunity to talk with a licensed mental health professional, and can direct you to other resources as needed. Additional information on resources available to our faculty and staff community are available on the Columbia University Benefits website.

Secondly, as additional school systems announce closings, please ensure that your faculty and staff are familiar with the University’s existing resources to help:

  • If an employee cannot work, not because of illness, but because an employee must care for family members as a result of a public health emergency, NYC Sick Leave provides 40 hours per fiscal year of paid leave for such situations.
  • For eligible faculty and staff, Backup Child Care provides 150 hours of care for a small co-pay (50 additional hours in an infant’s first year). Faculty and staff must register with Bright Horizons (BH) in order to request care.  Both in-home and center-based care are available.  If a care request is made and BH cannot fulfill the request, they can authorize out-of-network care and reimburse eligible employees for finding their own care up to $100 per day as long as they have hours in their hours bank and they must receive permission from BH to do that. 

    More information on questions that Bright Horizons will ask during this time is available on the Work/Life website.

Finally, please review the Managing Remote Teams Best Practice Guide to help managers successfully support their teams while working remotely.

You may also want to consider sharing with your managers the remote work learning path available through LinkedIn Learning called Remote Working: Setting Yourself and Your Teams Up for Success which is available free to anyone with a LinkedIn account, or via single-sign on through the CUIT Linked-In Learning page.

We will continue to send email updates as information becomes available. Please share the information enclosed as appropriate with your departments.