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University Resources, Operations and Policies

Matilda’s Law


Policy Statement

This policy addresses the parameters for adhering to the guidelines contained in the NYS directive known as “Matilda’s Law”, which concerns employees age seventy (70) and older.

Reason for Policy

The reason for this policy is to provide guidelines for adhering to “Matilda’s Law”, a directive designed to protect New York State’s most vulnerable populations, including individuals age 70 and older, those with compromised immune systems, and those with underlying illnesses. The directive was issued in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis.

Who Is Governed by this Policy

All Adelphi University employees age 70 and older, and those with underlying health conditions and/or compromised immune systems.

Policy

“Matilda’s Law” provides additional social distancing guidelines for people over the age of 70, people with underlying health conditions, and people with compromised immune systems.

To the extent that AU employees age 70 and older, or those with underlying health conditions and/or compromised immune systems, wish to return to the workplace and understand the risks, they may do so. This policy does not ban such employees from reporting to work in person once the University begins to return faculty, staff and students to campus.

However, such employees will be required to adhere to the guidelines issued with NYS Executive Order 202.16 “Requiring Face Coverings for Public and Private Employees Interacting with the Public During the COVID-19 Outbreak”, and any other laws, regulations and/or Executive Orders that may be enacted or issued in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Definitions

This policy does not have definitions associated with it at this time. Upon periodic policy review this area will be evaluated to determine if additional information is needed to supplement the policy.

Procedures

Employees who are unable to wear face coverings and are susceptible to COVID-19 based on the “Matilda’s Law” criteria should consult with their supervisor and Human Resources to consider reasonable accommodations, including but not limited to different PPE, alternate work location or arrangement, or alternate work assignment with fewer interactions with the public.

Adelphi will work with the employee to see if they can be accommodated to ensure the employee can continue to deliver essential services in the safest manner possible.

Forms

This policy does not have forms associated with it at this time. Upon periodic policy review this area will be evaluated to determine if additional information is needed to supplement the policy.

Related Information

This policy does not have related information at this time. Upon periodic policy review this area will be evaluated to determine if additional information is needed to supplement the policy.

Policy Owner

Jane Fisher
Director of Talent Management and Labor Relations
Human Resources
p – 516.877.3222
e – fisher2@adelphi.edu

Secondary Contacts

This section should include the name, phone number and email address of one or more individuals who can answer questions about the policy.

Contact

Cindy Donnelly
p – 516.877.3268
e – cdonnelly@adelphi.edu

Document History

This section must contain the following dates or placeholders for future dates:

  • Last Reviewed Date: May 7, 2020
  • Last Revised Date: May 7, 2020
  • Policy Origination Date: March 30, 2020

Who Approved This Policy

Jane Fisher, Director of Talent Management and Labor Relations

 
 
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