My post-doc and graduate student employees are not able to remain on campus. Can I still pay them for working remotely on a grant-funded project?
Yes, first and foremost, the faculty, staff and post-docs are Syracuse University employees and students engaged in sponsored projects are Syracuse University research assistants. As long as these individuals are paid in accordance with University Policy, and the employees have discussed their employment arrangements with their supervisor (and have registered their flexible work arrangement with Human Resources here), then charging their effort to a sponsored funding source is allowable. The federal guidance relies on the University to follow its own established policies and procedures, applying them uniformly regardless of funding source. As the University workforce transitions to working remotely, supervisors should work with their employees to accommodate their needs as best they can so that they can continue to work in a virtual environment.