UWEC 239.A, Bringing Children to Work

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Procedure #: UWEC 239.A


This procedure explains the requirements for employees who may want or need to bring a child or children to the workplace. This procedure supports practice directive UWEC 239, Children in the Workplace.


This procedure applies to an employee responsible for bringing a child or children into a campus workplace, regardless of the employee’s relationship to the child or children.

This procedure does not apply to children while they are in the care of a university child care program, participating in a university camp or youth enrichment program, or attending university classes in which they are enrolled. This policy does not apply to a child who has a parent with a workplace assignment in which one of the conditions of employment is residency in a campus facility (e.g., live-in residence hall director).

See practice directive UWEC 625, Youth Protection and Compliance for additional information.


Child or Children: A person or persons under the age of 18 years of age who is not enrolled in classes at the university.

Employee: Anyone employed by UW-Eau Claire, regardless of employee category or appointment type.

High Risk Area: Includes any area with hazardous levels of radiation; hazardous chemicals or substances; hazardous biological agents or vectors; hazardous equipment or processes, or; other area deemed high risk by the institutional risk manager or safety officer. Examples include but are not limited to:

  • high security areas
  • areas that are excluded for general employee or student access
  • animal care or animal research facilities
  • certain laboratories
  • food preparation areas
  • construction areas
  • fitness centers
  • maintenance garages
  • mechanical rooms
  • steam plants
  • trade or machine shops
  • university-owned vehicles

Management: Includes supervisors, managers, department chairs, directors, deans, vice chancellors, Provost, or Chancellor.


  • Circumstances
  • High Risk Areas
  • Responsibilities
  • Insurance Coverage


An employee may want to bring a child or children into the workplace under several circumstances, including:

  • Brief visits (e.g., an employee introduces a child to co-workers; an employee brings a child to work before or after an appointment).
  • Specific campus events that are employer-sanctioned and at which attendance by children is encouraged.
  • In the event of an emergency.

Children are not to be brought to work in lieu of extended and regular childcare.

High Risk Areas

Children are not allowed in high risk areas, as defined in this procedure, unless an exception has been agreed to by management of the area and the Director of Risk Management, Safety & Sustainability.


Employees and management must accept certain responsibilities (listed below) to protect the welfare of the child and the integrity of the workplace.

  • Employee responsibilities - An employee who brings a child or children into the workplace is responsible for:
    • understanding the circumstances under which children are allowed in his/her/their specific workplace
    • supervising and caring for the child while in the workplace
    • accepting responsibility for all aspects of the child’s behavior, the child’s safety, and for any injury to persons or damage to property that is caused by the child’s presence
    • refraining from bringing a child with a communicable illness into the workplace
  • Management responsibilities - Management is responsible for:
    • determining that hazards are not likely to exist or can be controlled under the circumstances in which the child will be present
    • considering the health of all employees when an employee wishes to bring a sick child into the workplace
    • considering the extent to which the child’s presence in the workplace poses a risk of breaching confidentiality of information in the workplace
    • addressing behavior that prevents the employee from meeting workplace responsibilities or disrupts other employees in the workplace or the education of our students

Management has the authority to disallow the presence of children in the workplace in accordance with this procedure. Examples include, but are not limited to, determining that a child’s presence is unsafe, poses a health risk or is disruptive.

Insurance Coverage

Bringing a child or children into the workplace is generally not part of an employee’s job duties and is generally not undertaken as an agent of UW–Eau Claire, although rare exceptions may occur. Therefore, an employee who brings a child or children into the workplace may not (and should not expect to) be covered by the University’s liability insurance for any negligent or intentional injury related to the child’s or children’s presence in the workplace.

A child or children as defined by this policy are not covered by the University’s liability insurance or workers compensation programs. A child or children are expected to be covered by their parent’s or guardian’s health insurance in the event the child or children are hurt or injured while in the workplace. 


Practice Directive UWEC 228, Workplace Wellbeing and Remote Working for Academic & University Staff

Practice Directive UWEC 239, Children in the Workplace

Practice Directive UWEC 625, Youth Protection and Compliance

Department of Human Resources website

Department of Risk Management, Safety & Sustainability website

Procedure Administration

Version NumberV1.0Approval AuthorityVice Chancellor for Finance & AdministrationApproval DateMarch 1, 2023Next Review DateMarch 1, 2024DivisionFinance & AdministrationDepartmentHuman ResourcesContactExecutive Director of Finance & Administration | humanresources@uwec.edu

Revision History

VersionRevision DateDescription of ChangeAuthor(s)1.0March 1, 2023Original issuanceTracy Drier