Dear all,

The last several weeks have been unprecedented in many ways due to the COVID-19 pandemic, including how we perform our work to meet the needs of the College and our learners. Thank you for your flexibility during this time. As we continue to respond to the evolving health and economic effects of the pandemic, NMC must also begin implementing measures to ensure the College can continue to meet the needs of our learners, both now and into the future, while limiting the long-term impact on the College’s financial stability. The current pandemic situation has impacted NMC’s operations significantly, and as a result, we find that we must re-adjust our approach to how we pay employees to remain fiscally responsible.

Early in the College’s response to the pandemic, NMC chose to make the commitment to pay employees through the end of the spring semester, even if the work could not be carried out as usual. In doing so, you have been paid for all of the hours you were scheduled since the first “stay at home order” went into place on March 16, 2020. We hope that the flexible approach taken by NMC has provided you with some financial stability during these uncertain times. As the College moves into a new phase of responding to this health and economic crisis, NMC must also take steps to ensure long-term fiscal sustainability so we can continue to serve our learners. Effective May 17, 2020, the COVID-19 leave code will no longer be used for leave reporting.

Please use the appropriate leave code for any hours that you are not able to work. Available leave code descriptions are vacation, sick time, and other types of leave including those available under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). To use the expanded FFCRA leaves, please use the request form which can be found HERE. As you review the form, please note that some leave codes pay at ⅔ of your wages. Under that scenario you will be able to use your accrued sick/vacation time to supplement the (⅓) difference so that you can receive full pay for that time. In a situation where no leave policies fit your circumstance, you will be able to take time off without pay. As usual, all leave requests must be approved by your supervisor.

We know we have all been asked to make changes and adjustments as we respond to the health and economic impacts of the pandemic. Thank you for your continued flexibility, patience and effort during this time. We look forward to seeing you on campus soon and hope you stay well.


Mark Liebling
AVP of Human Resources
1701 East Front Street, Traverse City, MI 49686
(231) 995-1342