• If your work can be fully completed from home, you may telework with your supervisor’s approval.
  • If your work can be partially completed from home, you may telework with your supervisor’s approval, supplement your work hours with accrued leave time to receive full pay for your regularly scheduled hours or, for Service & Maintenance and non-represented employees only, request a voluntary partial furlough. Under the furlough option, you may be eligible for state unemployment benefits (eligibility is determined by the Bureau of Unemployment Compensation of the Maine Department of Labor).
  • If your work cannot be completed from home, you may request a pandemic leave and use appropriate accrued leave time to receive pay for your regularly scheduled hours or, for Service & Maintenance and non-represented employees only, request a voluntary furlough. Under the furlough option, you may be eligible for state and federal unemployment benefits (eligibility is determined by the Bureau of Unemployment Compensation of the Maine Department of Labor).
  • If your work can be fully completed from home, you may telework with your supervisor’s approval.
  • If your work can be partially completed from home, you may telework with your supervisor’s approval.
  • If your work cannot be completed from home, you may request pandemic leave and use accumulated leave as needed.

All of the potential employee support options listed on the flowchart apply to both soft money and E&G funded regular employees.

As of January 1, 2021, temporary employees are eligible for the new Maine Earned Paid Leave. Employees earn one hour for every 40 hours worked. This leave may be used for any purpose.

In accordance with negotiations with the bargaining units, as of July 1, 2020, furloughs are only available to Service & Maintenance and non-represented employees. These employees may request a furlough. It would be subject to the needs of the department and management approval.

No, you will have continuous service and your seniority will remain intact, as well as your leave accrual balances.

*Please note: In accordance with negotiations with the bargaining units, as of July 1, 2020, furloughs are only available to Service & Maintenance and non-represented employees.

Yes. If you take a furlough, your benefits’ elections such as health and dental will remain the same throughout your furlough. You will continue to be responsible for the active employee premium that you pay each month from your paycheck now. You can choose to either pay that each month while you are on furlough, or that amount will go into arrears and you may set up a repayment through our Employee Benefits Center when you return to work.

*Please note: In accordance with negotiations with the bargaining units, as of July 1, 2020, furloughs are only available to Service & Maintenance and non-represented employees.

No, your accrual balances will be retained while you are out on furlough.

*Please note: In accordance with negotiations with the bargaining units, as of July 1, 2020, furloughs are only available to Service & Maintenance and non-represented employees.

Employees on full furlough will not accrue additional vacation or disability (sick) leave. Employees on partial furlough will accrue prorated vacation and disability (sick) leave.

*Please note: In accordance with negotiations with the bargaining units, as of July 1, 2020, furloughs are only available to Service & Maintenance and non-represented employees.

Yes, employees may return to working, if there is work available, or end their furlough and use appropriate accrued leave time.

*Please note: In accordance with negotiations with the bargaining units, as of July 1, 2020, furloughs are only available to Service & Maintenance and non-represented employees.

In accordance with negotiations with the bargaining units, as of July 1, 2020, furloughs are only available to Service & Maintenance and non-represented employees. First, speak with your supervisor to ensure that doing so is in alignment with departmental needs. The voluntary furlough request form is available to employees and supervisors. Once the form is approved, it will be submitted to the Employee Benefits Center and your records will be updated.

Some of the resources available to you include:

  • Speak with your supervisor regarding the needs of the department, your availability and potential voluntary furlough or other arrangements
  • Contact your campus HR office or HR Partner
  • Contact the Employee Benefit Center (benefits@maine.edu) regarding leaves and other benefits or visit: https://mycampus.maine.edu/group/mycampus/family-leave-policies
  • Review information on the Maine Department of Labor website regarding unemployment benefits if you are considering voluntary furlough: https://www.maine.gov/unemployment/
  • Review training that the University of Maine System has created.

The university can recall you to work when there is work available. You must communicate with your supervisor and report to work either as needed or within 72 hours, depending on operational needs. If you have extenuating circumstances that impact your ability to report at the time you are needed, communicate with your supervisor.

*Please note: In accordance with negotiations with the bargaining units, as of July 1, 2020, furloughs are only available to Service & Maintenance and non-represented employees.


Have more questions? Please review the accessible COVID-19 Employee Support Workflow (PDF)

Important: If you cannot access the flowchart, please contact crompton.burton@maine.edu for assistance. Thank you.