(Closed) Do you have to use vacation time for snowstorms?

posted 6 years ago in Career
Post # 17
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

No – we’ve closed early several times this winter. I’ve never had to use vacation time.

 

Post # 18
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

I don’t work, but my husband’s company doesn’t make him use his PTO for winter shut downs.

Post # 19
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

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@lovekiss:  oh ok. I see that now. I never even considered that’s what she might have meant.

Post # 20
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Busy bee

We can use it if we want. Sometimes we can work Saturdays to make it up. We also have the option to just use nothing which is usually what I do cause I’m usually loosing a few hours only. It’s so annoying its been so much this season. 

Post # 22
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - B&B

Nope.  If we close its basically a free pass, to my understanding.  However, most of us have the ability to work from home so as long as you have your laptop there are things you could be doing, so even if it is a “free pass” I have a LOT to do so I just work from home!

My boss is also very understanding and a few times the office wasn’t closed (maybe just on a delay) and she let me work from home anyway. 

Post # 23
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

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@riley23: 

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@IzzyBear:  Liberal leave means you are taking leave without the usual advance notice. But they still pull a leave day. The only thing they are liberal with is in the lack of advance scheduling.  This is the OPM standard but it sounds like the military and some other agencies do not follow it. They’re supposed to be changing the term to “unscheduled leave” since the name is apparently confusing.

 

Post # 24
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Our office hasn’t closed except when there was no power due to summer storms. So, if you don’t come in, you have to use vacation time. 

Post # 25
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

No, I don’t have to use vacation time as long as the office is officially “closed.”  If the office was open but I couldn’t make it in due to weather I’d have to use my own vacation time, obviously.  My office follows university closures so when the university is closed, we are.

Post # 26
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

I’m salaried, but if our office closes due to inclement weather I am expected to work from home or take a vacation day. I’m not sure how it would work if I didn’t have the ability to work from home. I would be pretty upset if I had to mark it as a vacation day though, since they closed the office.

Post # 27
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

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@Horseradish:  where I work (federal naval shipyard), if they close due to weather we are usually given admin leave. I can’t remember the last time we were given liberal leave. So when we had snow days, we were told the day before the weather actually hit that non-essential personnel were not to report and would be given admin leave. However, I think leave determinations vary by installation.

Post # 28
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

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@Jw1724:  My husband is a PA and his work has similar rules to yours.

He is paid hourly and if his office closes (which it has), if he wants the full pay for the hours he should have worked, then he has to use PTO.  For example, if he’s scheduled to 8 but the office closed at 5, he could chose to use 3 hours of PTO, or he could chose to be 3 hours short that pay period.  His office closed early 2 times when he was working and both times he chose to use the PTO.

Post # 29
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

It’s pretty frustrating, but also legal in the US – I looked this up a few weeks ago as we’ve had quite the rounds of winter weather here, and both my office and my husband’s refuse to officially close, so we have to either work from home or use vacation time.  I’m actually in an industry that NEEDS us to all keep working at this point in the year, so we really are strongly encouraged to work regardless of the weather.

 

Can you make up any of the time that you’re losing to weather?  Or ask for flexibility to come in earlier on those days? 

 

Post # 30
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

Yes, if I don’t work, I don’t get paid.

However, the exception is when I’m doing field work (I’m a biologist).  If we’re onsite on a location and get weathered out, we still clock a full day’s hours.  It’s because we can’t just go home, as you could if you were working in the office – we work 2 to 6 hours away from home and stay in hotels.  For obvious reasons, our company tries to keep the weather days to a minimum though.

Post # 31
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

Nope. If our office is closed, they just pay us and we don’t have to use any time.

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