COVID-19-related FMLA expansion

In accordance with SYS 1200-Interim 03, FMLA Expansion, additional paid family and medical leave for a qualifying need related to a public health emergency is provided.  It also expands the eligibility criteria for this specific type of Emergency Family and Medical Leave in compliance with the provision of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020.

Employees who have worked in the 30 days prior to claiming leave and have a qualifying need related to a public health emergency are eligible for this expanded FMLA.  A qualifying need related to a public health emergency means the employee is unable to work (or telework) due to a need for leave to care for their son or daughter under 18 years of age if the school or place of care has been closed, or the childcare provider is unavailable due to a public health emergency.

Employees with a qualifying need related to a public health emergency may take up to twelve (12) weeks of Public Health Emergency Leave subject to supervisory approval and the following provisions:

  1. The first ten (10) days of leave are unpaid.
    1. If the employee has sufficient accrued vacation, personal or sick leave, then the employee may elect to utilize any of these paid leave options to remain in paid status during these initial ten days.  An employee may also elect to use COVID-19 leave during this period, pursuant to UW System Administrative Policy 1200-Interim 02 COVID-19 Leave Policy.
  2. After the first ten (10) days, the remainder of the leave is paid at 2/3 (66.67%) of the employee’s normal pay, or $200/day, whichever is less.
    1. An employee may use any available paid leave during this period to remain at 100% of the employee’s normal pay.

The expanded FMLA is not provided in addition to current FMLA provisions. The total time available to an employee for any combination of FMLA leave and Public Health Emergency Leave is twelve (12) weeks. Employees who would like to request the use of expanded FMLA should contact the Office of Human Resources directly at or (920) 465-2390.

Please see the COVID-19 Leave & FMLA Expansion – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for more information.


Former men’s basketball player quoted about coronavirus cancellations impact on basketball college dreams | Green Bay Press Gazette

Former Green Bay men’s basketball player and current program director for the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Purple Aces, Cordero Barkley ’10 and ’16 (Business Administration, Master’s in Management) discussed the impact coronavirus cancellations can have on college basketball for hopeful recruits. More via AAU basketball coronavirus cancellations could impact college dreams | Green Bay Press Gazette.

You can participate in live fitness classes

Kristy Aoki, assistant director of International Studies, and Alex Wandersee, UREC fitness coordinator, are offering live fitness classes online! All classes will require no equipment.

To attend Bodyweight Strength (Mondays at 11:30 a.m.) and Yoga (Tuesdays and Thursdays at 12:30 p.m.) with Wandersee, simply follow UREC on Instagram or Facebook (information below) so you can watch live.

Instagram @urec_uwgb

Facebook @URECuwgb

Due to copyright laws, Zumba will be taught over Zoom. To attend Zumba (Wednesdays and Fridays at Noon) with Aoki, please email Wandersee at for the link to join class.


Reminder: Encourage students to call GBOSS with fiscal emergencies 

UW-Green Bay is doing it all it can to support students who are experiencing financial hardships. Please urge students to stay in their spring classes and to register for classes in the summer and fall. If you are aware of students who have a sudden financial situation due to the Coronavirus, please have them email We will reach out to everyone as soon as possible to see if we can help.


Lawton Gallery makes call for ‘Promotion from a Distance’

The Lawton Gallery was created as a space meant to serve UW-Green Bay and the greater community. Though classes for the Spring Semester are canceled, staff is working hard to provide alternative methods of exhibiting art to help make staying at home a bit more bearable. This program, titled Promotion from a Distance, will showcase two local artists each week via social media, our website, and our emailer. “We will be opening submissions through Facebook Messenger and Instagram direct message immediately. Please submit up to four pieces of work you would like to showcase, along with a short blurb about yourself and your work. If you have any questions, please email our Curator of Art Emma Hitzman at or our Assistant Curator Taylor Tess at We look forward to working with many of you and providing some spotlight on the arts in these chaotic times!”

Weinschenk article accepted for publication 

Associate Prof. Aaron Weinschenk (Political Science) recently had a peer-reviewed article accepted in the journal Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences. The article focuses on the biological underpinnings of political orientations and is co-authored with Chris Dawes (Wilf Family Department of Politics, New York University). The article will appear in a special issue of Current Opinion on political ideologies, which is guest edited by Professors John Jost, Eran Halperin and Kristin Laurin.

If you are registered, you can request an absentee ballot through April 2

From Gov. Evers office: If you are already registered, you can request your absentee ballot through April 2 at 5 p.m. For indefinitely confined voters, you must request your absentee ballot on or before April 3 at 5 p.m. You can find a full timeline here. Here are the steps you can follow to get registered, request your ballot, and stay safer at home while you vote: 

  1. Go to www.myvote.wi.govon your computer or mobile device.
  2. Check to see if you’re registered to vote
  3. If you are not registered to vote, you can do so by clicking the “Register to Vote” tab on the website.
  4. From there, the website will take you through a series of questions confirming your identity and address.
  5. Note: you will need to include your driver’s license number, which is the 14 digit code on your ID that begins with a letter.
  6. Already registered at your current address? Please skip ahead to Step 3.
  7. Return to the main page and choose the “Vote Absentee” option.
  8. You will need to enter information to confirm your address, which should be good to go if you’re registered to vote.
  9. You will see some options when you get to the next page, including requesting a ballot for all elections in calendar year 2020, the April 7 election or other elections in 2020, or the ability to request a ballot for this and future elections, if you’re indefinitely confined. Please pick whichever option applies to you.
  10. If you are an overseas or military voter, you can follow the above steps, too. Your ballot will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Election Day.
  11. This will take you through a series of prompts, including verifying your identity by providing a photo of your driver’s license or ID card.
  12. To upload a photo, use your cell phone, mobile device, or camera to take a picture of your state ID. This website is safe and secure.
  13. After that, the website will direct you to a confirmation page, which can you choose to print if you would like.
  14. Once you have requested a ballot, you can follow up with an email to your local clerk confirming you sent in your ballot request. You might not get a response right away, but this is helpful for both you and the clerk’s office to track your submission. You can find a list of clerks here:
  15. Include in the email to your clerk your first and last name, address, and that you’re requesting an absentee ballot for the April 7 election.
  16. If you requested an absentee ballot, you will receive the ballot by mail prior to the April 7 election.
  17. Once you receive your ballot, please note that someone needs to witness the signature of your ballot. Considering the Safer at Home order, we understand this could be challenging for some folks. Here are some guidelines for who can serve as a witness:
  18. Vote the ballot in the presence of one adult witness. The witness cannot be a candidate for the election.
  19. Follow proper social distancing techniques, like washing your hands before and after interacting, and staying at least six feet away from each other. Try not to share pens, and make sure you cough into your elbow.
  20.  If you have questions or are in need of further assistance, please feel free to respond to this email or call our offices, the Wisconsin Elections Commission, or your local clerk.

Downtown Green Bay offering concerts in your living room

#DowntownGBDelivers live music to the comfort of your home! While you enjoy a live music performance, Downtown Green Bay, Inc. will be supporting local musicians and restaurants by delivering delicious downtown cuisine to the talented local musicians. Consider ordering in or pick up some tasty food from downtown restaurants for an in-home dinner theater experience! Join in tonight, April 1, 2020 from 7 to 8 p.m. on Downtown Green Bay’s Facebook Live for live music by 7000apart, and then again on Friday for a performance by Dan Rafferty of NEW Piano Guys. This concert series will run Wednesdays and Fridays, 7 to 8 p.m. through April 24. The entertainers will continue to be announced on Facebook!