Don't HR Alone #7 - Sample Strict Inclement Weather Policy


Inclement Weather: Strict Policy

It is necessary to initiate a plan to ensure adequate office support for our customers during all types of weather.

The facility will be open for normal operation unless the state Department of Transportation (DOT) actually closes major roads for extreme weather conditions. In case of severe weather conditions where major roads are not closed by DOT, office opening may be delayed to 10 a.m. to allow extra time to avoid the congested rush-hour traffic.

In the event of severe weather conditions, call ____________. A recorded message will respond to your phone call and notify you that the office will open at its usual time, that the company will open at a later time (10:00 a.m.), or that the office will be closed for the day. In addition, the following radio and TV station(s) will be requested to make announcements: _____________________.

A statement will also be posted on the company’s website. Employees who have provided e-mail addresses or cell phone numbers capable of receiving text messages will be sent a broadcast e-mail.

If the company is open, employees will be expected to report to work. However, each employee must observe conditions in his or her area and decide whether it is too hazardous to attempt to drive to work when weather conditions are severe. We do not expect anyone to take an unreasonable risk attempting to drive to work.

Should the company be closed due to extreme weather, all employees will be paid for a normal day of work. The following payroll guidelines have been established for nonexempt employees reporting to work when the facility opening is delayed because of severe weather conditions:

• Employees reporting before 10:00 a.m. will receive a full day’s pay.

• Employees reporting after 10:00 a.m. will be paid for hours worked.

• Those employees who do not report to work will not be paid for the day. With supervisor approval, they may take the day as a vacation or personal day.