The Office of Personnel Management just changed the government’s status in the Washington area to “open with unscheduled leave or unscheduled telework.” This means that if you want to leave early to beat the snowbound traffic, you’ll have to take leave, or telework once you get home to make up for the hours you’ll miss in the office.
UPDATE: Details from OPM’s announcement are after the jump (and it bears repeating that this does not include emergency employees, and unscheduled leave or telework is only an option people can take if they choose):
Non-emergency employees must notify their supervisor of their intent to use unscheduled leave or unscheduled telework. Eligible employees may:
- Use annual leave, earned compensatory time off, earned credit hours, or leave without pay; or
- As permitted by their agency’s policies, procedures and collective bargaining agreements, telework from home on a non-telework day, if the employee has a telework agreement in place that is approved for unscheduled telework.
Employees scheduled to telework on the day of the announcement are expected to begin telework on time or request unscheduled leave.
Non-emergency employees may request supervisory approval to change their [alternative work schedule] day off or rearrange their hours under a flexible work schedule.
Non-emergency employees may request sick leave if they meet the qualifying conditions under law, OPM regulations, and foll their agency’s policies and procedures.
Emergency employees are expected to report to their worksite on time unless otherwise directed by their agencies.
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January 25th, 2011 at 5:35 pm
[...] safely make it in to work, is to take a day of unscheduled leave. OPM’s already done this once this winter, and Berry said it worked out [...]