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What grants and financial resources are available to support my family and childcare needs?

The WorkLife Office and campus partners offer several grant programs and resources that are available to support you now and beyond the pandemic: Child Care Assistance Grant Program (link is external): New as of March 1, the Child Care…

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What is the COVID-19 Qualified Disaster Relief Program and who is eligible to apply?

The COVID-19 Qualified Disaster Relief Program provides financial assistance to employees of Stanford University affected by the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020. The program covers up to $1,000 of eligible necessary unreimbursed expenses incurred as a result of the federally declared emergency, and…

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If I’m on a TAship or RAship, will my funding be dropped? What if the class I was supposed to TA is canceled?

Many of our graduate students at Stanford are supported by research assistantships, fellowships and teaching assistantships. The provost has reassured all students that if they were offered TA, CA, or RA support for spring quarter, that support will be forthcoming.

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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 I change the amount I am contributing to my dependent care FSA if I am not paying for child care at this time?

Yes. Throughout the pandemic, many family’s care needs have fluctuated and reducing your future elections to your dependent care flexible spending account (FSA) is allowed (although making retroactive adjustment is not). If you receive a Child Care Subsidy Grant award…

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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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