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Are you eligible for funds or a reimbursement from the Family Friendly Fund?

May 19, 2023 / PSU-AAUP

The best way to find out is to apply!

The Family Friendly Fund was created by the new article on Caregivers Recognition and Support in the collective bargaining agreement. Reimbursements are available to cover expenses related to caregiving needs in two categories:
(1) “To mitigate the impacts of University travel, professional development, and other work-related activities.” Most commonly, these are costs associated with minors who must accompany a member attending a conference or conducting fieldwork, but they also include the costs of additional dependent care at home necessitated by the member’s professional travel.
(2) “To offset costs for those members with ongoing caregiving responsibilities that occasionally or unexpectedly interfere with work demands.” Such expenses may arise when a member is asked to assist with a university event in the evening or on the weekend, or when a member’s usual caregiving arrangements are disrupted (e.g., a daycare closure) and work responsibilities require alternative arrangements at additional cost.

Remember to submit your requests for reimbursement from the newly created Family Friendly Fund as soon as possible, but no later than June 1st. You can use this online form.

If you are in doubt about the eligibility of an expense for reimbursement, go ahead and submit your request. The review committee will do the screening.

Elena Sokol, Jones Estes, and Matthew Chorpenning
Family Friendly Fund Committee

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