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If environmental conditions in a building or work area are inappropriate for employees to perform their normally assigned tasks (such as lack of heat or water, chemical spills, emergency asbestos abatement), the head of the department should report this condition to the Director of Human Resources and with his or her approval the staff will be excused if no other alternative is practical.

Other alternatives will be considered, such as:

  • arranging for use of another building;
  • rescheduling work for Saturday; or
  • allowing employees to take work home.

If these alternatives are not possible due either to the institution’s inability to make arrangements or the employee’s inability to make the accommodation attempted by CSP, employees will be excused with pay. These absences would be only for those who reported for work at the time the decision was made.

When it can be determined in advance that a department or work area will be temporarily closed down, or facilities or equipment for work cannot be provided and employees are notified, the above policy is not applicable. Alternatives will be considered. If advanced arrangements cannot be made, employees will be given at least one week prior notice that they will be placed in a non-working status without pay. Employees may be paid for their accumulated Paid Time Off before being placed in a non-working status without pay.

Last modified: April 13, 2018