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Washington, DC - The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has issued detailed guidance on exceptions to human resources policies that executive departments and agencies may use if severe weather emergencies and natural disasters and their aftermaths impair the ability of federal employees to report for work.
"Federal employees are always generous and responsive in relief and recovery efforts during emergency situations," commented OPM Director Linda M. Springer. "Agency heads should consider all the human resources flexibilities available to them during such difficult periods."
Excused absences may be offered to employees who are requested—and approved by their employing agencies—to assist in special relief and recovery efforts in affected communities. Absences may also be extended to employees prevented from reporting to work or faced with personal emergencies resulting from disasters.
In addition to leave flexibilities, agencies may apply the annual premium pay limitation instead of the biweekly premium pay limitation to employees who receive premium pay for performing overtime work in connection with emergencies, such as severe weather or natural disasters.
Additional flexibilities include:
OPM may authorize other options upon agency request. Agency Chief Human Capital Officers and/or Human Resources (HR) Directors should contact their assigned OPM Human Capital Officer for details.
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