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​Delay, Closing and Early Dismissal Policy

With winter weather approaching, the Office of Administration wants to remind all employees of the absence policy for delayed openings, early dismissals, and closings of commonwealth worksites. 

Please carefully review the information below to help you understand how office closings during inclement weather will be handled, particularly if you are teleworking. 

Contact your supervisor or HR office with any questions. 

  •  Non-essential employees under the Governor's jurisdiction who not eligible for telework and are physically reporting to a worksite will be eligible for paid office closings, including delayed openings and early dismissals, when they are authorized, subject to the provisions of Management Directive 530.17, Partial and Full-Day Closings of State Offices

  • All employees who are authorized and equipped to telework are required to work or use leave on the day of an office closing, unless otherwise authorized by the Office of Administration. 

  • Unless specifically directed otherwise by agency supervisory staff, teleworkers are expected to work from their alternate worksite during their regularly scheduled work shift, even if they are scheduled to physically report to their headquarters or another worksite on the day of the office closing. 

  • Teleworkers are responsible for ensuring that all equipment and accessories needed to perform assigned duties are in their possession if inclement weather is forecasted. 

  • Essential employees assigned to 24/7 facilities and other critical operations should continue to follow specific guidance from their agency supervisory staff with the ultimate goal of maintaining operations. 

As a reminder, agency management retains the right to designate employees as essential or non-essential, as needed, based on ongoing operational needs. 

All questions should be directed to your agency supervisory staff or HR office.