University of Wisconsin–Madison

Leave Options Related to COVID-19

UW–Madison provides a variety of potential leave options to employees when they are unable to work or telework for reasons related to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Telework is defined as work you perform while you are at home or at a location other than your normal workplace.) These leave options apply to employees in the following employment categories: Faculty, Academic Staff, Limited Appointees, or University Staff.

The leave options that you may qualify for are based on a number of factors. The information on this page is designed to help you understand the various leave options and determine which, if any, may apply to your individual circumstances.

Help is available in determining which leave programs you qualify for. You do not need to navigate these leave options on your own.

Please note: UW–Madison’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic is resulting in rapid changes in HR procedures. Information is being released as it becomes available. Please continue to monitor this page for additions and updates.

Employee Guidance

Leave Options for Leave Related to COVID-19: An Overview for Employees (PDF)


If you have questions, please contact your supervisor or the local human resources contact where you work.

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