To prevent the spread of the H1N1 virus, employees should stay away from the workplace until they are fever free for a period of 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications. Some employees may be compelled to come to work in spite of being ill because they do not have sufficient leave to remain away from work and they would have to use leave without pay for the absence. Governor Parkinson recently issued Executive Order 09-08, adopting a Leave Advancement policy to address this issue.
Effective October 18, 2009, this new policy allows Pittsburg State University to provide advancement of paid leave to classified and unclassified employees in benefits-eligible positions who have exhausted their own accrued leave in order to remain in pay status while staying away from the workplace due to flu-like symptoms or other circumstances where the granting of leave would be in the best interests of the State of Kansas.
Implementation Guidelines (adopted from DPS Bulletin 09-05):