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Executive Order for Non-Essential Employees

A message from Director of Human Resources Suzan McDermott

Dear colleagues:

Yesterday afternoon, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo directed all non-essential New York State employees in every county not to report to work for the next two weeks. This includes SUNY Canton. 

This is one of many extraordinary measures that New York State is taking to try to slow the coronavirus pandemic, which has been declared a public health emergency.

Who are essential/non-essential employees?

  • Essential employees are defined for the purpose of the directive as anyone whose job function is essential to the effective operation of their agency, or who must be physically present to perform their job, or who is involved in the COVID-19 emergency response. 
  • Non-essential employees should be considered any person who does not need to be physically present to perform their job functions, or they are not currently required to meet the core functions of their agency or authority during this emergency response.
  • If you have been designated as an essential service employee by SUNY Canton, you will be receiving a notification via email or campus mail this morning after which if you are non-essential on campus you will be released to return home.
  • Campuses can change the list of essential/non-essential employees as often as needed, depending on our needs. If your status changes, you will be notified.
  • We understand that as we ramp up our online curriculum, teaching faculty may need to attend trainings on campus and seek guidance. For this purpose, you will be deemed essential.
  • If you are not sure of your status, please contact your supervisor.
  • Throughout state government, non-essential employees will not be charged accruals during this time and will continue to receive their regular pay. 

Next steps

At 8 AM today the Emergency Response Team is meeting to finalize the essential employee list and you will receive notification of your status this morning. Once the notices have gone out, non-essential employees shall work from home, to the extent practicable, from March 17 until March 31, or until further notice. Regular time and attendance procedures are required for illness, vacation, family sick leave. Anyone designated non-essential should call their supervisor no later than one hour prior to their regular start time, to ensure any change in status can be communicated. Faculty and staff may return to campus to collect the items that they need to work from home.