Federal Employees Have Option for Unscheduled Leave Tuesday

By on January 6, 2015 in Current Events with 13 Comments

Winter Weather

Tuesday’s weather forecast in the Washington, DC area calls for up to 2″-4″ of snow accumulation as part of a winter weather advisory issued by the National Weather Service in Baltimore. As a result, the Office of Personnel Management has issued a government operating status alert: federal agencies are open with the option for unscheduled leave or unscheduled telework.

From OPM:

Applies to: Tuesday, January 6, 2015

STATUS: OPEN WITH OPTION FOR UNSCHEDULED LEAVE OR UNSCHEDULED TELEWORK
Federal agencies in the Washington, DC area are OPENand employees have the OPTION for UNSCHEDULED LEAVE OR UNSCHEDULED TELEWORK.

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:

  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.

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

From the National Weather Service:

Issued by The National Weather ServiceBaltimore/Washington, MD

Tue, Jan 6, 7:01 am EST

  • … WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1 PM EST THIS AFTERNOON…
  • * PRECIPITATION TYPE… SNOW.
  • * ACCUMULATIONS… 2 TO 4 INCHES.
  • * TIMING… THROUGH EARLY THIS AFTERNOON. THE HEAVIEST SNOW WILL BE THROUGH 11 AM THIS MORNING.
  • * TEMPERATURES… IN THE LOWER TO MID 20S.
  • * WINDS… SOUTH 5 TO 10 MPH.
  • * IMPACTS… SNOW ACCUMULATING ON SURFACES WELL BELOW FREEZING WILL MAKE FOR VERY HAZARDOUS TRAVEL CONDITIONS.
  • PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…
  • A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW WILL CAUSE PRIMARILY TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SNOW COVERED ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES… AND USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING.

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