HR reminds employees of available leave options

The University of Oregon provides paid leave for employees who may face unexpected absences due to COVID-19. All employees may use UO COVID-19 leave for paid time off when they or a dependent living in their home is required to quarantine or isolate due to testing positive for or being exposed to COVID-19.

The leave applies to faculty members, officers of administration, classified employees, graduate employees and student employees. Full-time employees will receive 80 hours of COVID-19 leave, and part-time employees receive enough pro-rated, additional leave to cover two weeks of work. This UO leave option was made available last September and expires on June 30, 2022. The details of the UO COVID-19 leave program are outlined on the HR website.

UO COVID-19 leave is in addition to other leave employees may have through existing collective bargaining agreements and university policies. The HR website provides an overview of all available leave options for each employee group. Contact the Benefits Office at if you have questions about your leave options or need assistance.

The Office of Human Resources also offers a variety of employee wellness resources and quick links to employee support and assistance resources particularly useful as the university continues operating during COVID-19.

Benefits-eligible employees can get confidential one-on-one counseling and personalized assistance through Canopy, the university's employee assistance program provider. The program is available to help people navigate and manage COVID-19 and other life stressors when they arise.

Additionally, Canopy can assist with locating various resources that may be helpful at this time, including childcare and mental health providers. To connect with a Canopy representative, call 800-433-2320, text 503-850-7721 or email

Learn more about Canopy and explore additional resources through the member site at, and visit the Canopy YouTube channel for a library of wellness videos that assist with managing stress and maintaining mental wellness during difficult times.