Lab supervisors and managers,
Unplanned power outages in the Bay Area may prevent some teleworking employees from working from home for short periods of time this week.
The Labs Administrative Leave for Emergencies policy allows for paid Administrative Leave in situations in which an employee is prevented from working due to a public emergency. For time cards due at noon today, please code periods of time Lab employees were prevented from working as “Admin Leave” (LETS code in the dropdown menu) for the following situation only:
A teleworking employee was prevented from working for a period of time because of a power outage due to rolling blackout or Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) event at their home or place of remote work AND they did not have the option of coming onto a Lab site to work (due to on-site staffing limits, for example). Consistent with the Lab’s policies for charging other types of leave, exempt employees should only charge Admin Leave if the power outage exceeds 4 hours, as time is reported in half-day increments. Non-exempt employees should charge admin leave only for the hours of the actual power outage.
Most importantly, the safety of our people is our highest priority. As the heatwave continues, please check with your team members this week to ensure they are working safely.
Deputy, Lab Operations