We know that this is a difficult and stressful time and the decisions we face are equally difficult as we work to fight the spread of the virus.
The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education has provided an Employee FAQ for questions related to COVID-19, leave time and the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).
Please see questions below specific to East Stroudsburg University.
If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to the Human Resources Office at askHR@esu.edu.
- If I work a few days and still receive pay will the benefit and retirement deductions
still come out of my pay?
Yes, retirement and other benefit deductions will continue where there are funds available.
- If I am reduced to half time or no time would I still qualify for a tuition waiver?
Yes, still employed all the same rules apply.
- Am I eligible for unemployment? If I apply, do I still have healthcare benefits and
at what cost?
You can apply for unemployment for any time that is not paid, meaning you are not using paid leave or getting your regular salary for those days. You will have healthcare benefits and will be billed by your healthcare provider.
- Can I apply for partial unemployment?
Yes, you may apply for the days you are not using paid leave or getting your regular salary for those days.
- Where do I go to file an unemployment claim?
- Am I eligible for FFCRA?
FFCRA is not for the reduction in work hours due to no work. See an explanation of FFCRA eligibility.
- If I use sick Leave, does everything stay the same (Salary & healthcare benefits)?
Yes - if you use any type of paid leave everything in your check stays the same as long as all 10 working days in a pay period are covered by paid leave. If you have unpaid time, you will be billed by your health insurance carrier.
- Can I use sick leave and then switch over to unemployment?
Unemployment would be for any unpaid days. If you normally get paid for 10 days and you are only getting paid for 9, then unemployment could be applied for.
- Should I be entering my leave in ESS with the COVID reason type?
Yes, please select the appropriate leave type. Annual COVID, Sick COVID, Sick Family COVID, Personal COVID, Comp Time COVID, Unpaid COVID.
- Can I save my leave time and just file for unemployment?
Yes, you can go in an unpaid status and apply for unemployment. If you go into an unpaid status you will be billed by your health insurance carrier.
- Would I be able to use my family sick leave?
Yes, you may use all leave types that you have available to you.
- Can I opt to waive my benefits when I go into an unpaid status? And Can I pick them
back up at a later time?
Yes, you may opt out of benefits (healthcare/insurances/FSA’s) for the commencement of LWOP and opt back in (healthcare/FSA’s only) upon your return. However, we highly caution any employee that wants to cancel their healthcare since we are currently experiencing a covid-19 pandemic. Insurances would require Evidence of Insurability to reenroll.
Employees would be billed for their portion of the benefits while LWOP by either SSHE/PEBTF.
- If I live in a different state and work in PA in which state do I file for unemployment?
If you live in one state and work in another, you file unemployment in the state where you had the job. Most states allow you to file online or by phone. If you lost your job, then moved to another state, the same rule applies.
- I am only scheduled to work a few days a week. Who do I need to send my work schedule
You will need to communicate your schedule to your supervisor and enter leave in ESS for any days that you are not working.
- If I decide to go on unpaid leave how will the health insurance carrier know to bill
me for my portion of the benefits?
The State System will notify you and bill you for your portion of the benefits.
- I received a letter today from my supervisor about leave effective Monday. I am being
told that I will be back in two weeks. Do you know the date I will be back?
I need to plan my leave accordingly. There is no return to work date at this time. Please contact your supervisor for clarification.
- I have been informed my last day of employment will be the end of the semester. What
date will that be?
According to the academic calendar the last day of the semester is May 8th however we advise you to check with your supervisor for your exact date.
- Do I have to wait until the last day of employment to open an unemployment claim?
You should file a claim the day after the last day you worked.
- How often do I enter my leave time in ESS?
You should enter all of your leave by Friday.