Employee FAQ

Do I need to self-isolate? 

Maybe — read this flow chart to find out. 

What is our public health emergency pay policy? 

All employees will continue to be paid their regular pay during this time period, regardless of their ability to work remotely. Click here for more details about how to log hours, manage sick days, etc. 

What are some tips for working from home? 

Our IT department has compiled a few guidelines for employees working from home. Access them here.

Who can I talk to if I'm feeling anxious? 

Mutual of Omaha’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is available to assist benefits eligible employees and their eligible dependents with personal and job-related concerns. Experienced professionals are available to provide immediate support and guidance in the areas of emotional well-being, family and relationships, legal and financial, healthy lifestyles, and work and life transitions.

To connect to a counselor for free support services, please call 1-800-316-2769. You may also visit Mutual of Omaha for additional information.

Where can I find resources about virtual doctors visits? 

Harvard Pilgrim guidelines are here. Blue Cross Blue Shield TeleHealth information is here

What if I need to travel, either for work or personal reasons? 

For work-related travel, see our policies here. Whitehead Institute strongly discourages personal travel to international locations by any Whitehead Institute member, including faculty, students, and staff. If you choose to travel to a country on the CDCs COVID-19 travel advisories page, you will be required to complete this form two or three days prior to your return. Those returning from Level 3 countries (as defined by CDC) will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days upon return; others may also be required to self-quarantine.