Federal Government to be Open in DC on January 3rd

By on January 2, 2014 in Current Events with 1 Comment

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has issued an alert for employees in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. The government will be open on Friday, January 3rd in the Washington area. Federal employees have the option to take unscheduled leave or unscheduled telework.

Weather conditions are expected to include high wind, low temperatures and  icing tonight and into tomorrow. The National Weather Service predicts that the current snowfall, which is heavy in some parts of the area, will diminish later this evening. An inch or two of snow is forecast around the city with higher amounts possible north and west of the city with up to four inches of snow in some areas accompanied by exceptionally cold weather.

Non-Emergency Federal 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:

  1. earned annual leave, compensatory time off, credit hours, or sick leave, as appropriate;
  2. leave without pay;
  3. their alternative work schedule (AWS) day off or rearrange their work hours under flexible work schedules; or
  4. unscheduled telework (if telework-ready).

Telework-Ready Employees who are regularly scheduled to perform telework or who notify their supervisor 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.

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Ralph Smith has several decades of experience working with federal human resources issues. He has written extensively on a full range of human resources topics in books and newsletters and is a co-founder of two companies and several newsletters on federal human resources.

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