UC ANR Remote Work Guidelines amended with limitations to out-of-state residency
Many employees have requested flexible work arrangements that would provide opportunities to (1) work remotely from home or another location that is outside of their official post of duty, and/or (2) work flexible hours that vary from the traditional “8 to 5.” That said, the success of UC ANR's research and extension work and related outcomes relies upon building and maintaining trusted relationships within our communities.
UC ANR is funded and supported by the people of California. As the cooperative extension arm of the University, UC ANR's role is to bring vital, practical, science-based information to California land and business owners, consumers, youth, families, and whole communities. Successful extension efforts are built upon trust that is developed through community interaction over time. While the organization was forced to engage remotely during the peak of COVID shut-downs, permanent remote engagement undermines UC ANR's ability to effectively deliver its cooperative extension mission.
Given the need for in-person engagement, it should be assumed that all UC ANR personnel will reside within the state of California, with only a few rare, temporary exceptions as outlined in the Revised UC ANR Remote Work Guidelines. In the rare and unlikely event that out-of-state residency is absolutely necessary for effective UC ANR operations, those exception requests will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Those who supervise others, CE Specialists, CE Advisors, Community Educators or anyone in a community engagement role are not eligible for an out-of-state exception other than as listed in the Guidelines.
All exceptions will need to be approved by the employee's supervisor, the Unit Director, the unit's Associate Vice President, and UC ANR Human Resources. Those that have already moved out of state should contact their supervisor for further information.
Flu vaccine mandate
President Drake issued an Executive Order on October 8 requiring all covered UC students, faculty, other academic appointees and staff to, by Nov. 19, 2021, get vaccinated against influenza or opt out using a form supplied by their location.
UC ANR leadership is in discussion with the Office of the President about how the information on vaccination will be collected and will provide further instructions when available. If you get vaccinated before further instructions are shared, please collect a receipt.
If you have questions about the mandate, please contact Dave Ritz.