Human resources

All staff members must comply with the Directive setting out the conditions underpinning EPFL’s COVID-19 protection plan, which took effect on 14 September 2020.

Remote work

Staff members should work in person on campus some of the time and remotely some of the time. EPFL’s goal is for half of staff members to be working on the Lausanne campus and other sites at a time.

You must work at least one full day per week on campus, so that you can maintain and renew ties with other members of the EPFL community.

Starting on 1 October 2020, staff members who work remotely must do so from Switzerland or a border zone (in the latter case, until 31 December 2020).

Absence management system

Starting on 14 September 2020, you must again enter all your remote working hours in the absence management system under “Telework”

If you start showing possible coronavirus symptoms, don’t go to work, and inform your supervisor. If you show COVID symptoms or are in quarantine, you are required to work remotely. In such cases, you must enter this in the absence management system using the following code: “specific events –quarantine COVID 19.”

However, if you are sick – regardless of the cause – you must enter this as sick leave in the absence management system starting on the first day that you are absent.

Holidays

Holidays and travel for personal reasons

All information concerning travel during your holidays or other leave time are available on the Travel page.

Travelling to a high-risk country or area

If, at the time of your departure, your destination is not on the list drawn up by the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) of countries and areas with an increased risk of infection but is added to the list during your trip, then you will continue to receive your salary while in quarantine, even if you are unable to work from home.

If, at the time of your departure, your destination is on the FOPH’s list of countries and regions with an increased risk of infection, then you must work from home while you are in quarantine. If you are unable to work from home, then you will have to use your holiday entitlement or extra/overtime hours, or take unpaid leave, as appropriate.

Hiring

If you are about to start working for EPFL in Switzerland, we ask that you to come to Switzerland as soon as possible before your contract begins, even if you must go into quarantine.

For third-country nationals, we also ask that you to come to Switzerland as soon as your visa or work permit allows, even if you must go into quarantine.

Please visit the Travel web page to see if you’re required to go into quarantine.

Cross-border workers returning home once a week (G – EU/EFTA permit)

Cross-border workers who return to their country of residence once a week must comply with the Directive setting out the conditions underpinning EPFL’s COVID-19 protection plan, just like all other EPFL employees, and must alternate their time between working on site and working remotely from Switzerland.

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