On May 13, 2021, the Chancellor announced the decision to designate August 2, 2021, as the date for CUNY staff to return to their workplaces in preparation for a more in-person fall.
The return to in-person work for RFCUNY employees will follow the pattern set by CUNY, which includes a blended scheduling system combining remote and in-person arrangements. In keeping with that approach, the Research Foundation has Flexible and Remote Work Guidelines for RFCUNY Field Employees and a revised Remote Work Agreement for RFCUNY Field Employees, both of which are on the RF’s website.
Copies of the Remote Work Agreement are needed for many purposes, not the least of which is their availability for inspection upon demand by the sponsor of your project and for reconciliation of payroll records. A copy will also be placed in your personnel file.
Please send the completed and fully signed Remote Work Agreement to Nida_Balal@rfcuny.org as soon as possible.
CUNY colleges have developed new access procedures for working on site. Please check with individual college websites below for campus and research reopening plans. Before reporting to work at any campus, office and facility throughout the CUNY system, all Faculty and staff, including RF staff, must:
In addition, CUNY has arranged for priority testing for Faculty and staff (including RF staff) who report to work ON SITE. RF employees must go to the HR Department of the campus at which they report to work to obtain a letter to bring with them, along with their CUNY ID, to one of the testing sites listed on CUNY’s website.
While the pandemic shifted our lives and changed how we approach work, as the world begins to open up and routine life resumes, the transition to returning to work can bring about its own set of stressors. Research Foundation of CUNY (RF) is taking all the necessary steps to ensure that your health and safety are of utmost priority as we begin to navigate a post-pandemic new reality.
Being anxious in these times is normal. You are not alone. Having the right information can help you feel more calm and in control. Keep up to date on the RF’s Return to Work Guidelines and take advantage of the return to work support services available through our Employee Assistance Program Health Advocate.
Health Advocate is available 24/7. All personal information is kept confidential
Health Advocate webinars are available to all RF employees regardless of status
We want to take this opportunity to remind our diverse RFCUNY community that we are an organization that takes pride in its welcoming environment and unwavering promotion of the values of equity and inclusion. These challenging times are not an excuse to behave any differently towards those with who we serve, live and work. Any staff who experience discrimination of any kind are urged to speak with RFCUNY’s Office of Human Resources.
What You Need to Know Now About COVID-19
COVID-19 and its variants are circulating widely throughout New York City. To fight the spread and protect ourselves and each other, the city’s Health Department advises that everyone should act on the assumption that they are exposed to the virus and susceptible to getting sick and spreading it further.
COVID-19 is a respiratory illness with symptoms that can range from mild (a sore throat or fatigue) to a severe condition such as pneumonia. Most people will not need medical attention for their symptoms, and some will have no symptoms at all. But that doesn’t mean they can’t spread the virus. All New Yorkers need to monitor their health carefully so that together we can slow the spread and protect those at higher risk, along with our health care workers who are at the front lines of our battle against the virus.
If you are sick, you must stay home. Only seek health care if you are very sick. Even if you are not sick, stay home as much as you can: work from home, study from home, avoid all unnecessary interactions.
How it spreads
Who is most at risk
How to protect yourself—and everyone else
What to do if you were in close contact with someone who has or may have the virus
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