Inclement Weather Information
UW-L has both an Inclement Weather Policy and an Inclement Weather Plan. The Inclement Weather Plan provides guidance to the campus community when conditions make travel to and from campus treacherous or other events that cause serious safety concerns. Details of UW-L’s Inclement Weather Plan can be found in the Emergency Response Plan on the Police Services website at http://www.uwlax.edu/police/emerg.htm#INCLEMENT%20WEATHER%20PLAN
The UW-L Inclement Weather Policy provides UW-L employees specific guidelines to follow. Individual employees may need to use the Inclement Weather Policy provisions when the campus has not invoked the Inclement Weather Plan. Details of the Inclement Weather Policy are indicated below.
UW-La Crosse Inclement Weather Policy
The Office of State Employment Relations (OSER) is responsible for implementation of the Inclement Weather Policy for state offices and employees.
Policy: During periods of inclement weather, the State of Wisconsin and its employees will continue to provide essential services to maintain government functions. Essential services will be determined by each agency head. However, during such periods, agency heads may exercise discretion in granting related employee leave requests in the interest of employee safety. This policy shall not supersede any applicable statutes, collective bargaining agreements, or work rules requiring prior authorization of late arrival to, or absence from, work.
Intent: The State of Wisconsin is committed to providing required services to citizens regardless of inclement weather conditions. However, during extreme weather conditions, it may be appropriate for managers to allow employees to exercise available leave options (or to subsequently make up lost time consistent with applicable statutory, administrative code, or collective bargaining agreement provisions) in the interest of employee safety. In doing so, agency heads must still ensure that essential services continue.
NOTE: Rarely would inclement weather result in the closing of state offices. If the governor closes state government offices, this DOES NOT mean the UW System or UW-La Crosse unless specifically identified in the announcement.
Inclement Weather Policy Implementation
In the interest of employee safety, the Inclement Weather Policy allows employees the options outlined below when inclement weather conditions occur.
Hourly classified employees should contact their supervisor if they are not able to report to work, report late, or need to leave work before the end of the work day because of weather conditions. These employees will be allowed to make up lost time during the remainder of the work week, as much time as is beneficial to the work unit. Make up time shall be at the regular rate of pay. These employees may also take leave without pay, vacation, personal holiday, or compensatory time to cover absence. If specific contract language differs from this policy, the contract prevails.
Salaried classified and unclassified employees should contact their supervisor if they are unable to report to work, report late or need to leave work before the end of the work day because of weather conditions. These employees may use available annual leave (vacation), compensatory time, personal holidays, or leave without pay to cover inclement weather absences. An employee and the employee’s supervisor may agree that the employee can account for the time of the absence in another manner consistent with the professional nature of the employee’s work assignment.