2,030: Children in the Workplace

Revised: December 2012

The University is supportive and understands the needs of working parents, grandparents, guardians, etc. As such, the University provides allowances for children in the workplace in limited emergency situations. This policy addresses emergency situations when children may be permitted in the workplace. Other than emergency situations, children are not allowed in the workplace for extended periods of time.

If bringing a child to work with the employee is unavoidable, the employee must attempt to first contact his/her supervisor as soon as possible to discuss the situation and obtain permission to have the child accompany the employee while working. If the employee is unable to contact the supervisor, the child may be brought to the workplace provisionally, pending approval. If the department policy regarding children in the workplace is more restrictive, the employee is obligated to follow the department's policy. Factors the supervisors will consider are the age of the child, how long the child needs to be present, the work environment in the employee's area, and any possible disruption to the employee's and co-workers' work. Consideration will not be given to allowing a child with an illness to come to work with the employee under any circumstances. Additionally, a department may prohibit children in the workplace at all times due to business and operational concerns, safety considerations or customer needs.

A child brought to the workplace in unavoidable situations will be the responsibility of the employee parent or guardian and must be accompanied and be under the direct supervision of the employee parent or guardian at all times.

Employees may bring their children to visit their worksite, provided that the visits are infrequent, brief and planned in a fashion that limits disruption to the workplace. While children are in the workplace, they must be directly supervised by the host/parent at all times. If the frequency, length or nature of visits becomes problematic, the employee will be advised of the situation and will be expected to take corrective action.

The University is supportive of career exploration/development programs for children such as "Bring your child to work" day and similar activities. Employees and their children are encouraged to participate in these structured programs.