OPM Tells DC Area Federal Employees to Go Home Early Friday to Avoid the Blizzard

By on January 21, 2016 in Current Events with 3 Comments

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The Office of Personnel Management announced late Thursday night that federal offices in the Washington, DC area will be open in the morning, but that the government will be closing at 12 PM on Friday, January 22 in preparation for the blizzard that is forecast to hit the east coast.

Federal employees have the option for unscheduled leave or telework and must plan to leave the office no later than noon on Friday.

A copy of OPM’s announcement follows below.

Applies to: Friday, January 22, 2016

STATUS: OPEN – WITH OPTION FOR UNSCHEDULED LEAVE OR UNSCHEDULED TELEWORK. 4 HOURS STAGGERED EARLY DEPARTURE – EMPLOYEES MUST DEPART NO LATER THAN 12:00 PM AT WHICH TIME FEDERAL OFFICES ARE CLOSED

Federal agencies in the Washington, DC area are OPEN and employees have the OPTION for UNSCHEDULED LEAVE OR UNSCHEDULED TELEWORK. Employees, who report to their worksite, should depart 4 hours earlier than their normal departure time, but NO LATER THAN 12:00 PM, at which time FEDERAL OFFICES in the Washington, DC area are CLOSED.

OPM will continue to monitor the weather situation and will make updates if necessary.

Unscheduled Leave/Unscheduled Telework. Non-Emergency Employees must notify their supervisor of their intent to use unscheduled leave or unscheduled telework (if telework-ready). Employees performing unscheduled telework or requesting unscheduled leave do not receive excused absence.

Excused Absence. Non-emergency employees, reporting to the worksite, will be dismissed from their office early relative to their normal departure time or at the final departure time and will be granted excused absence (administrative leave) for the number of hours remaining in their workday beyond their early departure time or their final departure time.

Departure Prior to Early Departure Time. Non-emergency employees who depart prior to their staggered early departure time or final departure time may request to use unscheduled leave. Such employees will be charged leave for the remainder of their workday and will not be granted excused absence.

Telework-Ready Employees. Employees performing telework must telework 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 (as consistent with law).

Pre-approved and Unscheduled leave. Employees on pre-approved or unscheduled leave should be charged leave for the entire day or remainder of the workday, as applicable.

Emergency Employees. Emergency employees are expected to report and remain at their worksite unless otherwise directed by their agencies.

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