Human Resource Services has issued an update on plans surrounding the phased return to the workplace. The message is signed by Lynn Johnson, Vice President Human Resource Services, West Campus/HSC/SOM; Colette Brown, Chief Human Resources Officer, Stony Brook University Hospital; and Denise Muscarella, Director of Human Resources, Long Island State Veterans Home. It reads as follows:
We hope that you are doing well and that you are enthusiastic about the prospect of returning to your workplace on campus. Areas throughout campus continue to develop plans for a phased-in approach to help create a safe return to the workplace, as outlined by New York State. We are working with our SUNY counterparts and the Governor’s Office to follow a coordinated and centralized course of action, which is well underway.
At this time, we are still awaiting approval for employees to return to campus. Accordingly, department heads/supervisors may not authorize the return of remote workers until that approval is received. A small number of researchers, who were deemed essential under the Plan for Restarting Research, are now returning with more expected to return next week and into the coming weeks.
As soon as we have a definitive date for the next wave of remote workers to return, we will let you know so that you can help plan for a smooth transition to the workplace. We will also provide employees with required online training, including important information about the safeguards that are being developed which will allow us to work together to help create a safe and comfortable return.
Please continue to visit the University’s Coming Back Safe and Strong website for ongoing updates and keep current with the FAQs that are frequently updated. Know that the health, safety and well-being of all our colleagues remains a top priority.