Weather and Safety Leave, Evacuation Payments Among HR Aids for Federal Employees During Hurricane Season

OPM is reminding federal agencies of the HR flexibilities they can offer to federal employees to assist them during hurricane season.

As Hurricane Dorian bears down on the east coast of the United States, it prompted the Office of Personnel Management to remind federal agencies of the human resources flexibilities at their disposal to assist federal employees with weather related incidents.

Among these are telework, weather and safety leave, and even evacuation payments. Regarding the latter, OPM said, “…agencies may authorize advance payments, continuation of pay, and payments for travel and subsistence expenses to employees who are ordered to evacuate from an area because of imminent danger to their lives as a result of a severe weather condition or other emergency situation.”

A copy of the memo is included below.

HR Flexibilities for Hurricane Season

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