DC Federal Employees Can Take Unscheduled Leave for Snow Threat

By on January 16, 2013 in Current Events with 10 Comments

The threat of snow in the Washington area has prompted the U.S. Office of Personnel Management to give federal employees the option to take unscheduled leave or telework. Federal agencies will remain open, however.

At the time of this writing, the Washington, DC area was under a winter storm watch with the possibility of accumulations of  1-3 inches of snow.

From OPM:

Non-Emergency Employees must notify their supervisor of their intent to use unscheduled leave or unscheduled telework (if telework-ready). In accordance with their agency’s policies and procedures, subject to any applicable collective bargaining requirements, non-emergency employees have the option to use:

  • earned annual leave, compensatory time off, credit hours, or sick leave, as appropriate;
  • leave without pay; or
  • their flexible work schedule day off or rearrange their work hours under flexible work schedules.

Telework-Ready Employees who are regularly scheduled to perform telework or who notify their supervisors of their intention to perform unscheduled telework must be prepared to telework for the entire workday, or take unscheduled leave, or a combination of both, for the entire workday in accordance with their agency’s policies and procedures, subject to any applicable collective bargaining requirements.

Emergency Employees are expected to report to their worksites on time unless otherwise directed by their agencies.

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