COVID-19 Employee Resources
The purpose of this interim infectious disease policy (COVID-19 Policy for Employees) is to help keep our faculty, staff, and students healthy and to protect the university and the surrounding community. Please review the policy as part of the steps taken by the University to address the pandemic and to provide a safe work environment.
If you need to request a workplace accommodation due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you must complete the Communicable Disease Accommodation Request Form for consideration.
This policy was developed in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic and the widespread need to have employees work from their homes. This policy delineates employee and employer expectations and outlines under what conditions a remote work arrangement should take place. All WWU employees working from off-campus locations due to the COVID-19 pandemic are subject to this policy.
There are times when everyone needs a little help or advice. An enhanced Employee Assistance Program (EAP) through SupportLinc can help you with things like stress, anxiety, depression, chemical dependency, relationship issues, legal issues, parenting questions, financial counseling, and dependent care resources. Best of all, it's free for both employees and their families! Help is available by a licensed counselor 24/7, 365 days a year by phone at 1-888-881-5462. Other resource tools, such as podcasts, articles and videos are available online at www.supportlinc.com or by downloading the app: eConnect Mobil App.
Learn more about these free services in this introductory letter from SupportLinc.
WWU Employee Benevolence Fund
The Employee Benevolence Fund (EBF) was to support any current or recently released employee in critical financial need. To learn about the EBF and to see if you are eligible, review the EBF policy here.
Employees may set up tax-exempt donations through payroll deduction by emailing the biweekly fixed amount to: Tammy.McMann@wallawalla.edu
Tax-exempt donations can also be made by visiting: wallawalla.edu/donate, under Walla Walla University Fund, select "Other Fund" and describing your donation as "Benevolence Fund."
If you are in need of critical financial need, you may apply for assistance from the EBF here.
Learn more about WA State Unemployment Benefits, the eligibility requirements, and how to apply.
For Oregon residents, learn more about unemployment benefits here.
For Montana residents, learn more about unemployment benefits here.
A comprehensive listing of financial resources during COVID-19, are available here.
Virtual Care through Premera Blue Cross
- 24-Hour NurseLine (FREE): Call 800-841-8343 to discuss your symptoms and get advice on where to go for care.
- Premera MyCare App (FREE): Download Premera MyCare to talk to a board-certified primary care physician 24/7.
- DoctorOnDemand (subject to $35 copay): Doctors provides virtual urgent care, behavioral health, preventative health, and chronic care 24/7. Visit doctorondemand.com/premera to learn more.
- Talkspace (subject to $35 copay): Online therapy with a licensed clinician via private message or live video. To get started, visit talkspace.com/premera.*
Other mental health resources:
- LearnToLive provides free mental health videos and articles centered on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.*
- Mindful Living for Adults, and Mindful Living for Kids Webinars, by Resources of Living*
- Employee Assistance Program by SupportLinc (6 FREE counseling sessions - can be done virtually!)*
- National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), is a free, nationwide peer-support service that offers free mental health education, a video resource library, online discussion groups, and a HelpLine staffed with trained volunteers willing to listen, provide resources and support. A local NAMI chapter is also available: https://www.namiwallawalla.org/
- Stress and Coping Resources from the CDC during COVID-19
*This resource is eligible for wellness credits through FitThumb