Information for students, faculty and staff regarding COVID-19. (Updated: 29 May 2020)
(Last updated: 15 May 2020, 14:28)
Since 23 March 2020, Umeå University has urged all members of staff to fully or partially work from home, in agreement with their supervisor and with tasks that can be carried out remotely. It is currently difficult to assess for how long these recommendations will be valid.
Yes. However, unlike working at the workplace, injuries at home need to be directly linked to the work you are conducting. This means that you must have injured yourself whilst performing your work tasks.
Umeå University does not control the terms and conditions of the insurance. You are recommended to have comprehensive home and accident insurance that cover you when you are not working.
The Insurance Company AFA offers the following examples for the work injury insurance.
Examples of valid situations of work-related injury
However, the insurance does not cover other types of general accidents at home. If you get hurt when making a coffee in the kitchen, it does not count as a workplace accident, for instance, even if it happens during established working hours.
Read more about the insurance at AFA Insurance, in Swedish:
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If your supervisor approves, you are allowed to take your work’s computer screen home if you are working from home.
How should I transport it?
You must see to the transportation yourself. If necessary, please ask a colleague for help.
What happens if the screen breaks?
If the screen would break, the employer is responsible for covering the costs, under the condition that reasonable caution was taken.
A new page listing what alternative technical solutions the university recommends for online teaching and virtual meetings has been set up and is available in English and Swedish.
All members of staff must work from home for two weeks after having returned to Sweden from a trip abroad. This is valid also if you show no symptoms and applies regardless of country visited. Discuss with your immediate supervisor what work tasks you can perform during this period.
If you have symptoms of disease – even mild ones – you must stay at home and avoid social contacts. Discuss your ability to work from home with your supervisor. When you have been free of any symptoms for two days, you can return to work if you have tasks that require being present at the university. Otherwise, even if you are symptom-free, you are requested to work from home if possible, fully or partially, and in consultation with your supervisor.
If a person in your family or vicinity is ill, you do not have to stay at home due to this as long as you show no symptoms yourself. However, all employees are requested to work from home with those work tasks that can be performed from home.
If you are too poorly to work, you must go on sick leave.
Temporary routines apply from 13 March 2020 until further notice: If you are ill for longer than seven days, you currently do not need a doctor’s certificate. However, if you are at home with an illness for over 14 days, you need to contact the medical care to obtain a doctor’s certificate.
Yes, since you are working.
If your work tasks are not suitable for work at home, you are still entitled to full salary without salary deduction for up to 14 days if you are forced to stay at home due to mild symptoms of disease or because you have recently been abroad, for example. However, if you are too sick to work, you must report sick.
Employees are urged to work from home if possible to reduce the risk of spreading disease. Discuss with the supervisor what work tasks can be performed from home.
Employees who belong to risk groups based on illness are requested to contact their supervisor to discuss the possibilities of performing the work from home.
All employees over the age of 70 are urged to follow the recommendations of the Public Health Agency of Sweden and limit their contacts with others, and hence avoid visiting the university’s campuses and workplaces.
The University follows the advice and recommendations from the Public Health Agency of Sweden, and hence requests everyone with symptoms of disease to stay at home. Such symptoms are even mild symptoms of a cold or the flu, but also other symptoms of disease. All individuals are responsible for taking necessary precautions to reduce the risk of spreading disease. If you are worried, please notify your supervisor who can address the situation.
Yes, please contact Feelgood.
Internal meetings should either be cancelled or exchanged for alternative digital solutions as far as possible. The responsible supervisor is in charge of assessing the form for the meeting when necessary.
Umeå university has no plans on limiting deliveries from foreign suppliers at the moment.
The first thing you must do is come to an agreement about working from home with your responsible supervisor. If this is not possible, the employee, in agreement with the immediate supervisor, can stay at home without salary deduction until the pre-school / primary and lower-secondary school is opened, but only for a maximum of 14 days.
If your child is sick or a carrier, the following rules apply to the care of sick children (VAB). For more information, please find out more from the Swedish Social Insurance Agency (Försäkringskassan).
Because of the COVID-19, the Swedish government has declared to suspend the deduction from sick pay during the qualifying period. This means that all staff get SEK 804 before tax on the first day of sickness leave regardless of regular salary.
Staff who have study-related and study administrative questions with regard to COVID-19 can find out more on Aurora.