Chancellor Watson message on State Supreme Court ruling and employees
The recent decision by the Wisconsin Supreme Court to overrule the extension of the Safer at Home order has many people asking what this means for employees of UW-Whitewater. As state employees, we will continue to follow the guidance provided by the Wisconsin Department of Administration.
The Department of Administration is currently developing a State Government Badger Bounce Back Plan that mirrors the three phases outlined in the general Badger Bounce Back Plan. Until then, the Department of Administration is advising that state employees should continue to work in the locations and structure in which they have been directed to work. Those who are expected to work remotely should continue to do so.
Department of Administration Secretary Joel Brennan wrote in a message, “we want to reaffirm that State employees are our most important resources in not only continuing to respond to Wisconsin’s public health crisis, but also to bringing back our State’s vibrant way of life. Your health and safety remain our top priority and central tenets in how and when State agencies are planning to bring employees and the public back into State facilities.”
I met with the Cabinet Friday morning and we agree that our employees should continue to follow the best practices in terms of public health, and remain working remotely as they currently are until there is a clear plan for bringing back employees to a safe work environment. I understand some employees are currently reporting to campus and they should also continue to do so. If you have questions, please reach out to your supervisor or to one of the professional staff members in the Office of Human Resources and Diversity for assistance.
As I have said previously, our first priority is the health and safety of all members of our campus community. Our Emergency Operations Center has made great progress in developing plans for a return to campus. Their work is focused on health and safety along with continuation of operations.
We will update you as soon as we know more information, and stay well.
Dr. Dwight C. Watson