GitLab has long believed in "family and friends first” and we realize that our team members may require some additional time away from work in the event they or a dependent family member are directly affected by COVID-19. In order to best support our team members who find themselves or family member(s) directly affected by COVID-19, GitLab has created this COVID-19 Medical Leave Policy to allow for leave time explicitly and guaranteed.
GitLab team members directly affected by COVID-19 who need to take leave for one of the two reasons set forth below are eligible to take up to 12 weeks of leave with full pay after utilizing our Paid Time Off policy. In the event that the sick leave provided under your local law is more generous than this GitLab COVID-19 Policy, your local law will supersede this policy.
You do not have to physically see your physician for this confirmation. If telehealth services are available, we highly encourage you to utilize those in line with your community’s regulations around physical distancing, quarantine and self isolation.
The ability to request COVID-19 Leave will run through July 31, 2020. That means, any requests for COVID-19 Leave must be made prior to July 31, 2020, however the leave itself may exceed that timeframe. By way of an example, if a team member requests COVID-19 Leave on July 31, 2020 for 4 weeks, the end date for their COVID-19 Leave would be August 28, 2020.
As the situation around COVID-19 continues to evolve, GitLab will revisit this policy and may adjust it accordingly.
We encourage team members to only take the time they need to recover in accordance with the recommendation of your licensed healthcare provider. The maximum amount of time posted under this COVID-19 Leave Policy is 12 weeks, but medically, you may need less.
For some, our Paid Time Off Policy of 25 consecutive calendar days will be suitable. Please keep your manager informed of any upcoming Paid Time Off. You are in no way obligated to release a personal medical diagnosis of COVID-19 to your manager.
If you meet the criteria set forth above and find that you need additional time past the 25 consecutive calendar days allowed under our Paid Time Off Policy, please follow these steps to apply for COVID-19 Leave:
GitLab is committed to the physical and mental wellbeing of all of our team members and wider community during the COVID-19 outbreak. We have put together this list to assist people in finding helpful resources when confronting different challenges during this time. This list is not exhaustive and contributions to it are encouraged. If you are experiencing difficulty breathing or any other life-threatening symptoms, please contact your country's emergency response system immediately.
Simple Habit, a meditation and mental-wellness company, has offered all GitLab team members a free premium subscription through the month of April.
With this subscription, you will have unlimited access to Simple Habit's top wellness professionals, guided meditations, therapy, coaching, motivational talks and much more.
The code can be found in the following shared doc.
Modern Health is hosting a series of free Community Support Sessions designed to equip you with meaningful strategies to overcome stress or anxiety in various areas of your life caused by the COVID-19, such as managing isolation and loneliness, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, financial confidence, work-from-home wellbeing, and practicing mindfulness.
In these sessions, coaches and therapists from our network will provide some advice on how to best approach these important areas of interest and then open up the floor to answer questions that you or the rest of the Modern Health community may have.
A full list of webinars taking place for the week and links to register can be found directly on Modern Health's website.
For recordings of Sessions that have already taken place, please see Modern Health's YouTube Channel.
Sanvello, an app dedicated to managing and treating stress, anxiety, and depression, has a trial during COVID-19 to July 15. If you would like to join this free trial, please sign up for Sanvello directly. We will be sending out a survey later in the year to evaluate usage of this by the GitLab community.
Instructions for downloading trial:
For more information on how to access Sanvello Premium if enrolled in a UHC medical plan (US team members only), please see the UHC Premium Access section of the US benefits page in the handbook.