Thursday, 5 May 2016

Supporting Staff Affected by Fort McMurray Fire

The University of Alberta recognizes that many U of A employees have family and friends who have been significantly affected by the wildfire in Fort McMurray. It is natural and appropriate for our staff to offer help and support during this difficult time.

If you need time away from work, please contact your immediate supervisor to request time off. Supervisors are encouraged to make all reasonable efforts to accommodate such requests through various options such as adjusting work schedules, allowing employees to take accrued vacation, or authorizing leave without pay.

In addition, all University staff, faculty members, graduate students and their eligible dependents (covered by the Supplementary Health Care Plan) have access to psychological and emotional supports through the Employee and Family or Graduate Student Assistance Programs. The program can be reached 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by calling 780.428.7587.