Adverse or Unsafe Working Conditions
Effective November 17, 2008
“Adverse or unsafe working conditions” covered by this policy are physical conditions of a workplace that make it impossible or impractical for employees to work in their usual work location. Examples of adverse or unsafe conditions are loss of heat or electricity, damaged buildings, restricted access to an area of campus due to flooding or tornado damage, or situations that implicate personal safety.
Adverse or unsafe conditions could affect a specific building or part of a building, an area of a campus, or an entire campus.
Based on an assessment of adverse or unsafe working conditions, the chancellor, provost, or appropriate vice president may direct employees to work in another location or may close the workplace by directing employees not to report to work and/or by releasing those affected employees who are already at work. To the extent that unsafe or adverse working conditions can be anticipated, employees will be given advance notice not to report to work. Such absences are without pay for Hourly employees.
The chancellor, provost, or appropriate vice president has the authority to close a specific building or part of a building, an area of a campus, or an entire campus.
During the period that a workplace is closed, the university will attempt to resolve the adverse or unsafe working condition or identify alternative work locations and arrangements so that employees are able to return to work as soon as possible. The university retains the right to assign a person to a different work location at its discretion.
- If the adverse or unsafe working condition is limited to a specific building, part of a building, or to a specific area of a campus, and other portions of the campus remain open, employees who do work during such periods will receive their regular rate of pay. This includes employees assigned to rectify, repair, or otherwise perform work related to the situation.
- If the situation is widespread and severe such that the entire campus is closed, Hourly employees who are required to work will receive their regular rate of pay plus time and one-half additional pay.
- Supervisors are to notify employees in advance which jobs are subject to this work requirement.