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What is the difference between cleaning and disinfecting?

Cleaning refers to the removal of germs, dirt, and impurities from surfaces. Cleaning does not kill germs, but by removing them, it lowers their numbers and the risk of spreading infection. Disinfecting refers to using chemicals to kill germs on surfaces. This…

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How can I help prevent illness?

Prevention measures are similar to those utilized against the common cold and flu, which are currently circulating in high numbers in California. Get a flu shot. We strongly recommend that everyone obtain seasonal flu vaccination. While it will not prevent COVID-19,…

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What is the policy for families that travel? (Updated 12/16/20)

Important Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Stanford recommends delaying travel, especially if you are not fully vaccinated. Regardless of vaccination status, all individuals are required to comply with campus access restrictions and testing requirements following personal or university-sponsored travel. In…

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I am a temporary or contingent employee and I have fewer hours or no hours scheduled due COVID-19 related reduction in work. Am I eligible for unemployment?

You may be eligible for Unemployment Insurance (UI), including enhanced UI benefits that are part of the federal CARES Act. More information on UI and other resources available for workers is available at labor.ca.gov/coronavirus2019. Eligibility for UI benefits is determined…

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Can employees receive a stipend to purchase an ergonomic desk and chair?

While stipends for ergonomic desks and chairs are not available, you are encouraged to watch a pre-recorded session of the Ergonomics at Home webinar hosted by Environmental Health & Safety, which offers tips and do-it-yourself (DIY) hacks for setting up a…

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Are employees who are required to work from home during shelter-in-place eligible for personal cell phone or home internet service stipends?

Telecommuting employees are not typically eligible for these stipends. However, in light of COVID-19 and the Bay Area’s shelter-in-place order and its recent extension, all employees who are required to perform work from home during the Order (“Shelter-in-Place Teleworkers”) are…

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