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Frequently Asked Questions Telework

If Federal offices are closed due to inclement weather or some other emergency, are teleworkers excused from work as well?

Not necessarily. For example, in the Washington, DC, area, and as detailed in OPM’s Washington, DC, Area, Dismissal and Closure Procedures   [996 KB], teleworkers may still be required to work, depending on the circumstances.  Telework arrangements are typically voluntary.  However, once an employee enters into a telework agreement, it is possible that an agency may require an employee to telework if this is clearly stated and agreed to in the written telework agreement.  To avoid ambiguity, the telework agreement should specify what is expected of employees under these circumstances.

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