Can I continue to charge the salary and fringe benefits of lab staff personnel to my NIH funded project even if they are unable to work due to the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on the University?

Charging salaries and benefits to NIH grants when no work is being performed is allowable under the current circumstances.  Current Yale guidance is that all staff (except those performing critical functions) are expected to work from home. If your staff is working from home, they should be paid as they normally are. For staff whose work cannot be performed at home, managers should consider whether they can be reassigned to duties that can be performed at home or relieve others who are working on campus. If there is no reasonable alternative, staff should simply stay home and will be paid their regular pay between now and March 31, 2020.  Additional guidance will be forthcoming from Yale as this is an ever-evolving situation.

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