Do you have to use vacation time for snowstorms?

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 3
229 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@Jw1724:  I work for an online school. If we opt to leave early then we have to use our PTO. If they tell us to leave early, they pay until our scheduled leave time. However, if we stay home completely, we have to use PTO.

Post # 4
11604 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I do, DH doesn’t.  I just built up an extra buffer of a week’s vacation so I can use it for unplanned leave (sick time, snow days, etc), but I’ve had the luxury of working here for 4 years and having a generous leave policy.

My office also lets us make up the hours we miss within the pay period, which is definitely a perk. 

Sorry this winter has hit you especially hard!  I’m sure they’ll work something out with you when it comes time for your honeymoon.

Post # 5
5769 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

Even the feral government employees have to use leave time (pto) when the government offices close down for snow.

Post # 6
627 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Scottish Rite Cathedral (New Castle, PA)

@Jw1724:  I’m a teacher so I have built in snow days that we have to make up but when I was in customer service if I showed up for work and they closed then I was paid for my whole scheduled shift. If they closed before my shift started than I wasn’t paid but I didn’t have to use vacation. If I chose not to come in or couldn’t make it because of the weather (got stuck in snow, accident, just decided not to try) then I would have to use my vacation time. That really sucks that you’ve had to dip into yours so much! I’m glad they’re still going to give you your honeymoon time though!!

Post # 7
5935 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

@Horseradish: actually, I’m a federal government worker and we get “admin” leave. We do not have to use our vacation. 

Post # 8
330 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@Horseradish:  ? No they don’t.  My husband is a federal employee and if they close his base, he doesn’t have to use time. If they institute “liberal leave” (which is what they usually do in case of snow) without closing the base, then yes he has to use PTO or work from home.  It’s very, very rare that they’ll close a base or office rather than institute liberal leave, but they closed his bas during our last big storm, so it does happen.

Me, I work for the state… If we’re in a state of emergency and our building is closed, I don’t have to use time.  If we close early, anyone who came in gets credit for a full day, anyone who didn’t come in has to use a full day of time.  So it ups the incentive to try to come in.

Post # 9
1157 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@Jw1724:  I’m a contractor for the government, our rule is if we don’t actually work the time we can’t bill it.  So when the government is delayed because of weather we have to stay late to make it up during that pay period.  If it’s closed, we can use leave or telework (if you were smart/fortunate enough to bring your laptop home with you the day before) or try to make up those 8 hours during the pay period it falls in.

It sucks.

Post # 10
9019 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

@Jw1724:  My husband’s employer deducts vacation hours for inclement weather (if he can’t get to work because of dangerous roads) because they never  close.  My employer closes our offices when there’s a bad snowstorm; we get admin leave and don’t have to take vacation hours.

Post # 11
124 posts
Blushing bee

Yes 🙁 we hav to use PTO or vacation time for our office closing 

Post # 12
5518 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2012

@Jw1724:  Unless there is a state of emergency we have to use our vacation time.  However, I work long hours generally and Im salary.  So my very understanding bosses know I will make up the time and do not make me burn a day.  I dont think its fair for them to dock you those hours when they elect to close early.

Post # 13
4513 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I’m a federal employee and work on an Army base, so if the base announces that civilian employees aren’t required to report to work then I’m off and don’t have to use my own leave. It sucks sometimes because they base it off of what is happening on the base itself rather than whats going on in the areas surrounding it. So it might be hazardous to drive to work, but if the base itself is okay then we’re open. If the base is open and the weather is awful I still am required to be at work unless I take off and use leave. This year my base closed 3-4 times.

If weather is terrible my DH can call out of work without penalty and without using any of his vacation time, but the weather has to be really bad. He works for a pharmaceutical company.

Post # 14
7281 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

@IzzyBear:  AND @riley23:  I think she may be referring to those on compressed work schedules that are similar to the OP’s longer work hours. If the federal govermnment office is closed for weather, employees are entitled to 8 hours of administrative leave. However, many employees work a 9 or 10 hour day in order to shorten the number of work days per pay period. If an employee is scheduled to work a 10 hour day and only gets granted 8 hours of administrative leave, then the employee has to use 2 hours of annual leave to make up the difference between the administrative leave granted and the actual leave used.

Post # 15
10453 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

We work when there’s a snow storm.  DH has to check in before driving somewhere, so he might be stuck to working in the city and depending on what he has scheduled that might mean doing reports and answering emails at home.  He might have to work on the weekend so that stuff can get done, but that can happen if something just doesn’t work out and it’s a big project.  It doesn’t cut into holiday time.

Post # 16
239 posts
Helper bee

I work for a hospital that has an off site clinic. If it storms bad enough to where they put the emergency prepareness into plan then they pay for us to be off. meaning essential people have to go to work but if they don’t put the emergency plan into effect then we have to use our PTO if we close early.

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