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#1 Posted : Friday, December 09, 2011 10:41:42 AM(UTC)

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Can custodians and gardeners be made to clear snow and ice from walkways?
When all employees are sent home due to a snow storm and an agency asks for volunteers to clear walkways and no one volunteers, is it legal for the agency to make wage grade employees,(WG 2 through 11 essential or emergency employees) just to stay and clear the walkways. Can anyone be made an emergency employee that was not hired as one? I might add, the other employees who went home for the day received their wages for the day.  I might mention the employees that are made to stay also get the same pay as those that were sent home. I believe those that stay should get paid Holiday pay. Regulations state,wage grade employees, (non exempt) cannot receive comp time or administration leave, they must be paid, not given comp, admin. or anything else in place of wages.

#2 Posted : Friday, December 09, 2011 10:54:14 AM(UTC)

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You cannot get paid Holiday Pay if the day you perform work is not a holiday. As a federal employee, if you are tasked with sweeping the floor, or shoveling the sidewalk, or cleaning up the worksite by your supervisor, any/all of those could be considered "other duties as assigned" under an existing position description. It might not seem "fair" that some employees are allowed to leave the work site and others are tasked with weather cleanup, but, as they often say, life isn't always fair. A positive attitude often comes around to those who demonstrate it. Be happy that you have a good-paying job, that you are healthy enough to perform the assignment, and that you earned a good wage for the day's effort. Good luck and thanks for the services you provide.
#3 Posted : Friday, December 09, 2011 11:56:22 AM(UTC)

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  This is a union contract  matter, you should contact them, are you a member? if not you should join!!!!! 
#4 Posted : Friday, December 09, 2011 1:10:16 PM(UTC)

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As per 10 USC 1580
DOD Directive 1404.10

Paragraph 4 d. (1)

Emergency Essential (E-E). A position-based designation to support the success of

combat operations or the availability of combat-essential systems in accordance with section

1580 of title 10, United States Code (U.S.C.) (Reference (e)) and will be designated as Key in

accordance with paragraph 4.d.(5).

It will also be annotated on your SF 50 if you are an EE or Key position. 
#5 Posted : Monday, December 12, 2011 1:37:28 AM(UTC)

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"Emergency" Essential refers to Category 5 employees. This covers first emergency responders.
"Mission" Essential employees refers to Category 1 employees. It is up to each command to decide what their mission essential functions are and then identify which personnel are mission essential to support these functions.
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That is the hazard of having the job you do. When I was an MP I had work nights, weekends, and holidays with no extra pay. You get to come in early (or stay late) and make sure the place is cleared of snow.
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