What changes can an agency make to work scheduling due to severe weather?

During weather emergencies, agencies determine closing and related policies that can fall within a range of options:

• Federal agencies are open.

• Federal agencies are open with an option for unscheduled leave or unscheduled telework.

• Federal agencies are operating under a delayed arrival policy with the option for unscheduled leave or unscheduled telework.

• Federal agencies are operating under a delayed arrival policy requiring employees to arrive at the office no later than a designated time, with the option for unscheduled leave or unscheduled telework.

• Federal agencies are open with a staggered early departure.

• Federal agencies are open with a staggered early departure and a requirement that employees must leave by a specified time.

• Immediate departure—federal offices are closed.

• Federal agencies are closed.

Employees designated as emergency employees are expected to report for work on time or remain at their worksite unless otherwise instructed. An agency may grant excused absence to an emergency employee unable to report for work due to hardship or circumstances unique to the employee.

Note: Employees on pre-approved leave when their agency is ordered to be closed for all or part of a day no longer have excused absence substituted for that leave; they must use the leave time or telework if eligible.

Detailed policies in the Washington, DC Area Dismissal and Closure Procedures guide act as a model for decisions by Federal Executive Boards elsewhere. See Chapter 8, Section 2 of the Federal Employees Almanac.


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