CHI, Inc. Inclement Weather Policy
If you have any questions about the provisions of this Policy, please contact Human Resources, your Coordinator, Director or the CEO.
Employees who have questions regarding their leave, should contact their Coordinator or Director.
The purpose of this policy and procedure is to establish and clearly articulate steps employees should take during inclement weather. CHI recognizes that inclement weather and other emergencies can affect the company’s ability to open for business and the employee’s ability to get to work. The safety of our employees is paramount in any emergency situation. No policy can cover every potential emergency situation, so this policy covers the most common situations. Fortunately, emergencies and inclement weather days are infrequent, but here are the guidelines for when they occur.
Employment & Day Supports (please see below for Contracts/Supported Employment):
If Montgomery County Schools are closed, then the Day Program is closed for Individuals. Employees should report to work at their regular time if Montgomery County Schools are closed.
Employees in Employment & Day will be allocated to Contracts and Residential Group Homes. Employees who did not report to work will use their own Annual Leave or they may use Leave Without Pay.
Employees should follow the Montgomery County School System’s weather guidelines. CHI does not follow Prince Georges County’s weather guidelines.
If the Federal Government (Courthouse, Banks, County Government, etc.) is closed, then Metro Access does not operate. If the Federal Government is closed, then CHI is closed to Individuals and Staff.
Direct Support Professionals may not work from home during inclement weather.
If Montgomery County Schools are delayed for any length of time (1 hour or 2 hours), CHI will have no delays because Metro Access and Regency does not operate with delays. CHI will open on time when Montgomery County Schools has a delay. Employees should report to work at their regular time when Montgomery County Schools has a delay.
Workers with disabilities who work in Supported Employment will follow the Federal Government’s guidelines for inclement weather. If the Federal Government is closed, then Supported Employment is closed. Supported Employment follows the Federal Government.
Contracts/Direct Support Professionals may not work from home during inclement weather.
Weather conditions may require mandatory overtime resulting in the employee sleeping overnight at the group home in which they are assigned. In such cases, employees are expected to clock out during sleeping hours and clock in during the start of the next morning shift. Employees will not be paid for sleeping hours. Employees in Residential Services should contact their Coordinator or Director regarding their shift.
Non-Exempt Staff (Hourly):
When a non-essential employee chooses not to report to work due to inclement weather, the employee is expected to use annual leave for the time missed. When CHI is closed as a result of inclement weather, all non-exempt employees are expected to use annual leave for the time missed. If the employee does not have annual leave, the employee will receive leave without pay.
Exempt Staff (Salaried):
Salaried employees who wish to work from home during inclement weather should contact their Supervisor/Director and receive approval from their Supervisor/Director. Salaried employees who do not wish to report to work during inclement weather and they do not wish to work from home, should use their annual leave.