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The following content applies to staff and faculty of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, including postdoctoral scholars. This message does not apply to UCLA Health employees who work in the Hospital and Clinic System, including DGSOM staff, faculty, and trainees engaged in clinical care.
The term "employee" is used to include DGSOM faculty and staff, including postdoctoral scholars.
In alignment with UCLA's definition: Flexwork is a framework that guides alternatives to the standard eight-hour, in-person, office-based daily schedules that were the norm prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Flexwork at the DGSOM includes:
The terms "telework," "remote work" and "telecommuting" are used interchangeably.
*Alternate work schedules
As outlined in UCLA’s flexwork policy and per the UC Personnel Policy for Staff Members, departments have the flexibility to establish alternate work schedules when determining whether hybrid approaches to flexwork will be effective in departments that need some employees to be onsite for a portion of their time, while keeping in mind the legal requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regarding exempt and non-exempt status, as specified in PPSM-30.
Alternate full-time work schedules may include:
*Alternate work schedules do not include reduced appointments or reduced work hours. Employees who wish to reduce their appointment percentages may request participation in the Employee-Initiated Reduction in Time Program (ERIT), or a regular appointment reduction. ERIT and regular appointment reductions are subject to departmental approval.
This message applies to staff and faculty of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. This message does not apply to UCLA health system (hospital and clinic) personnel as those policies are determined by UCLA hospital leadership.
The following criteria focus on telework eligibility as this is the primary component of flexwork. Telework must be approved through a formal process. See information on employee-initiated requests. See information on department-wide requests here.
The primary criterion for determining whether telework is appropriate for any employee is whether or not the arrangement meets the department’s business needs. Telework arrangements must not negatively impact colleagues’ workload or productivity by shifting burdens, creating delays or adding steps in the workflow.
Telework is not suitable for all employees. Telework eligibility will depend on the department’s operations and an employee’s job function. Certain jobs can only be performed onsite, with telework not feasible. In addition, employees who telework must be available to travel to their primary worksite when necessary, regardless of the established remote work schedule.
Please see specific eligibility guidelines below for staff and faculty below.
Please note: All telework requests related to a medical condition or disability should be referred to Employee Disability Management Services.
Positions that can be regularly performed remotely are those that don’t require a traditional office or clinical space to deliver their service and do not require in-person interactions with internal and external customers/colleagues.
Jobs that entail working with equipment that can be easily moved to an alternate worksite are often more suitable for remote work. Examples include, but are not limited to:
Work that can be performed remotely may still require some onsite presence for purposes of team-building, training or other activities that are more suitable for in-person settings. These types of activities are determined by the manager/department leadership.
Jobs that require physical presence or constant interaction with clients and coworkers may not be suitable for remote work. Examples include, but are not limited to:
Supervisors should be able to monitor and assess productivity.
For staff-initiated telecommuting agreements, staff must maintain a rating of at least “Effective” or “Meets Expectations” on their most recent performance evaluation. Employees under active performance management may not be allowed to participate.
For telecommuting agreements initiated by postdoctoral scholars, participation in flexwork requires the following: 1) the faculty supervisor should be able to adequately assess progress, 2) the post-doc should currently be meeting their academic and/or research progress goals, and 3) the post-doc should maintain a rating of “meets expectations” on annual evaluations. These requirements should continue to be monitored and tracked while telecommuting.
Successful telecommuters are typically self-motivated, have the technical skill set to work with telecommuting tools (or can be trained quickly) and have strong time management skills.
If the employee has participated in remote work during the pandemic, have they exhibited best practices? Examples include:
While guidance will vary depending on the faculty member’s roles and responsibilities, faculty leaders should begin by using the following guidelines when evaluating faculty-initiated telecommuting requests:
If so, faculty are advised to follow policies and standards set by the UCLA health system for its hospitals and clinics regarding return-to-onsite-work.
Faculty with teaching responsibilities are expected to follow UC policy, which states:
“Consistent with the Academic Personnel Manual, collective bargaining agreements, and other policies, to maintain a significant presence on campus in order to fulfill their obligations to students, colleagues, and the University as a whole. As all are aware, the excellence of the University depends on academic appointees and their engagement with the University’s mission, which is largely rooted in common, in-person experiences. Nevertheless, as Fall 2021 will be a period of transition, campuses may determine that some academic appointees may need flexible work arrangements. Campuses are expected to exercise their judgment and utilize principles of equity in making these determinations, by considering an appointee’s job duties and relevant academic and programmatic needs. As much as possible, campuses should refer to the Academic Personnel Manual and the relevant collective bargaining agreements to guide their decision-making in this regard” (June 23, 2021, memo from UC Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs).
Speak with your Department Chair to determine if/when telecommuting may be appropriate. Department Chairs who require additional guidance should consult with DGSOM Academic Affairs.
For faculty-initiated telecommuting requests, please begin by reading the criteria listed in questions 1-3 above. Per UC and UCLA health system policies, faculty/academic appointees are expected to maintain a significant presence on campus. Outside of these groups, individual requests and assessments for hybrid arrangements are made at the level of the Department Chair and will require the submission of an “Employee-initiated telework proposal.”
In addition to the considerations outlined below, supervisors may also consider the following when determining whether an individual faculty member’s performance/productivity can be effectively managed in a remote setting:
For research faculty outside the United States: A faculty member overseeing research activities via telework will be expected to comply with the rules and regulations established by the funding agencies supporting that research, as well as with UCLA's policies.
If the faculty member has participated in remote work during the pandemic, have they exhibited best practices?Examples include:
Working outside of California
Guidance from the University of California does allow out-of-state telework agreements under the following conditions: 1) The individual meets the same eligibility criteria listed above (including agreeing to travel to the primary onsite work location when required), and 2) the employee has reviewed and understands any implications associated with out-of-state telework, including potential differences in health and welfare benefits, compensation, payroll, tax withholdings, etc. Learn more >>
Additional local guidelines forthcoming.
Working outside the U.S.
Guidance is forthcoming. Check back soon.