Snow in DC: Feds Have Option for Unscheduled Leave

By on January 26, 2015 in Current Events with 1 Comment

With the weather forecast calling for snow in the Washington, DC area, federal agencies will remain open, but 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: Monday, January 26, 2015

STATUS: OPEN WITH OPTION FOR UNSCHEDULED LEAVE OR UNSCHEDULED TELEWORK

Federal agencies in the Washington, DC area are OPEN and 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.

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