Emergency Weather Policy


Agencies and departments of the State of Nebraska have a statutory responsibility
(Neb. Rev. Stat. Section 81-113) to be open for the transaction of business from at least
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Prior to the onset of inclement weather, agencies should determine how best to serve
the public should a weather emergency arise. All employees should be made aware of
the procedures developed for that agency.
The safety and welfare of our employees is of utmost concern, therefore each employee
will determine for himself or herself his or her ability to drive to work safely, the condition
of his or her vehicle, and the immediate road conditions.
If an employee chooses not to report to work, he or she should follow agency policy for
reporting their absence.
Employees choosing not to work during adverse weather conditions must use accrued
vacation leave, earned compensatory time, or leave without pay. If feasible, agencies
may allow employees to make up missed work time within the work week.
If an employee’s normal work site is not open, for example in locations where
employees work in buildings that are not owned or operated by the state, and an
alternative work location is not an option, then the employee may be placed on a “ready
to work” status. This means they are ready and available to be called back to a work
location, at any time. Employees in a “ready to work” status will becompensated.
Employees shall perform any state work possible during this status.
Agencies are directed to be as reasonable as possible in the approval of the use of
vacation, compensatory time, or leave without pay. Also, if possible or necessary,
agencies are encouraged to allow the employees to make up any lost work time due to
weather related conditions. Agency directors may authorize employees to work from
other locations.
For more information, contact:
Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services
Human Resources & Development
P.O. Box 95026
Lincoln, NE 68509-5026
Phone: (402) 471-9439
Fax: (402) 471-6980