Washington State University

NEW 3-02
Reviewed 3-15
Human Resource Services

Children in the Workplace

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University employees are not to bring children to the workplace except as permitted by this policy.
For purposes of this policy, a child is defined as an individual under the age of 18 years who is not a student or employee of the University.
This policy applies to employees who may wish to bring dependent children to the workplace. This policy does not apply to approved University programs that involve children in education or research. This policy does not apply to children enrolled in approved University child care facilities.
Sick Children
A child who has an illness that prevents him or her from being accepted by a regular day care provider, particularly a child with infectious disease, may not be brought to the workplace under any circumstances.
Child Care
The workplace may not be used as an alternative for regular child care.

When child care arrangements break down, an employee should seek alternatives to bringing the child to the workplace. In such cases, an employee typically uses accrued leave hours or leave without pay and cares for a child at home.
Emergency Exceptions
In emergencies, e.g., when the employee cannot be absent from the workplace, the supervisor may grant an exception to this policy. To request an exception, an employee submits a written request to the supervisor. Approved exceptions are subject to the requirements below.
Acceptable Activities
Participation in an organized and approved educational event that permits children to observe and/or participate in parents' work activities is acceptable.

An incidental and brief visit by a child to a parent's workplace is acceptable.
When Children Are Brought To the Workplace
When children are brought to the workplace, the following requirements apply:
Access Policy
See 50.20 for the general University policy regarding access to facilities.