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Non-emergency employees will be dismissed from their office early relative to their normal departure times from work and will be granted excused absence (administrative leave) for the number of hours remaining in their workday beyond their designated early departure time. For example, if a 3-hour early departure is announced, employees who normally leave their offices at 5:00 p.m. would be authorized to leave at 2:00 p.m. (i.e., the employee's early departure time).
Note: For employees under flexible work schedules, agencies should consult OPM's Handbook on Alternative Work Schedules (see information on "Excused Absence" in the "Flexible Work Schedules" section) to determine the "normal arrival and departure times" of employees on flexible schedules. The handbook is available on OPM's website at http://www.opm.gov/oca/aws/index.htm.
As permitted by their agency's policies, procedures, and collective bargaining agreements, and with prior supervisory approval, a telework-ready employee who is located in the Washington, DC, area may depart prior to the scheduled early departure time without charge to annual leave provided the employee makes up the work time later in the day by teleworking.
Emergency employees and telework employees are expected to remain on duty, unless otherwise directed by their agencies.
Posted on January 26, 2011 at 11:17 AM