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<br /> <br /> <br /> <br />From time to time, all or part of County offices and/or operations may be closed or suspended due to <br />emergencies such as power failure, hazardous weather, or unsafe workplace conditions. Authority for <br />county-wide suspension of operations rests with the Board. Authority for closure of court offices rests <br />with the Administrative Judge. If an emergency arises, the Board will consult via phone or other means <br />and will notify the Clerk and Risk Manager if a decision to close is made. <br /> <br />When a decision to close is made, radio station Q102 will be asked to make a public service <br />announcement, and a notice will be placed on the county website. If the decision to close is made after 9 <br />am, the County Commissioners office and/or the County Clerk’s office shall notify each Department <br />Head and Elected Official, who will be responsible for notifying their employees. If court offices are <br />closed for an emergency, the Administrative Judge will notify the Supreme Court and court clerks will <br />maintain a record of the date and time of the office closure and subsequent re-opening. <br /> <br />In the absence of an announcement, it should be assumed that County offices and/or operations are not <br />suspended. However, non-essential employees may be excused from work upon their request and at the <br />discretion of the Department Head or Elected Official. Individual Elected Officials may also exercise <br />their discretion to close their particular offices if they deem it necessary. Employees so released will not <br />be paid, except through use of PTO or Compensatory Time. <br /> <br />Certain essential services are required to be maintained during any emergency closing. The employees <br />involved in these essential services are excused from work only with the specific authorization of their <br />supervisors, regardless of radio or other announcements. Department Heads and Elected Officials should <br />make clear beforehand who are essential employees in emergencies, what their obligations are, and <br />establish procedures to let them know whether they will be needed at work. Failure to report to work <br />during emergencies by employees required for essential services may be cause for disciplinary action. <br /> <br />The nature and effect of emergencies may vary, so the pay policy to be followed may also vary. If an <br />emergency closing occurs, all employees will not necessarily receive an equal amount of time off and <br />employees who take time off may or may not be paid. While the County strives to be fair and reasonable <br />in payment for closings, there is no legal obligation to reimburse employees when work is not available <br />because of emergency conditions. <br /> <br />The County reserves the right to determine on a case-by-case basis: (1) Whether to close; (2) Whether <br />employees will be paid; and (3) If employees will be paid, on what basis. <br /> <br /> Revision: 2 <br /> Date: 10/28/13 <br /> Original Issue Date: 11/24/08 <br /> Number of Pages: 1 <br /> Approved: BOCC <br />TETON COUNTY ADMINISTRATIVE POLICIES <br />Emergency Closure