Covid-19 Updates

Resources for Faculty and Staff
The Office of Human Resources is committed to assist our faculty and staff through this unique situation.  Below are several resources to answer your potential questions, provide guidance, and assist you with professional development.  If you need assistance with something that is not provided here, please reach out to our staff so that we can assist you whenever possible.

Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)

***Voluntarily extended by BGSU through 03/31/2021***

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act, or FFCRA, requires certain employers to provide employees with paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. the Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) administers and enforces the new law's paid leave requirements. These provisions will apply from April 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020. This has voluntarily been extended by BGSU through 3/31/2021.   Emergency Responders are exempt from the FFCRA at Bowling Green State University.

FFCRA Poster
FFCRA FAQ's from the Department of Labor
FFCRA Request for Emergency Paid Sick Leave Form 
FFCRA Request for Emergency Family & Medical Leave Expansion Act Form 

Health & Well-Being during COVID-19

It's normal to have feelings of stress, anxiety, and fear.  Please know that you are not alone, and that resources are available to assist you if you want someone to talk to or need support.  These resources are available for all full-time employees of BGSU and their family members.

Bowling Green State University offers an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) in partnership with ImpactSolutions, and provides resources for employees and families in a vast majority of situations.  All services are confidential and provided by experience, licensed professionals.  These services are available to benefits-eligible employees, members of their household, parents and parents-in-law, even if you did not enroll in the health insurance through BGSU.   When using ImpactSolutions website, use the login and password of "BGSU".

Tess (Chatbot)

Launched in 2020, BGSU now provides access to a mental health chatbot that is available through ImpactSolutions.  Tess is available to provide emotional support, evidence-based education and delivers coping skills and strategies via text.  Tess is available to employees and their families.  To begin chatting, text "Hi" to 1-415-360-0023.  Use the Start Code of "BGSU" when prompted to begin.

Resources & Information

Tess - Chatbot
Tess - FAQs
April Impact Solutions Newsletter
COVID-19 for the Caregiver
Calm is Contagious - Mindfulness activities you can do as a family
Mental Health & Coping with COVID-19