Date Issued: 10/80Date Revised: 06/16Occasionally the Birmingham area experiences bad weather with snow and ice on the roads making it difficult for employees to get to work. At these times, the University of Alabama at Birmingham may be officially closed. However, UAB provides many essential services, including patient care, which cannot be suspended. Therefore, the University's policy regarding inclement weather must reflect the different nature of our work and the diversity of the various departments. While essential services will be continued, sometimes it may be considered prudent by the administration to suspend less sensitive elements of the operation.
In the event the University is not officially closed, employees experiencing problems (icy roads, dead battery, etc.) should contact their supervisor by telephone for reporting instructions. With the supervisor's approval, the employee may be allowed to utilize accrued vacation or personal holiday time.
Official instructions to employees will be issued over WBHM (90.3 FM) radio station and will be announced on the UAB Web site. Please review the guidelines below for your particular work area whether designated as essential or non-essential.
If the University is officially closed, employees in non-essential work areas are not typically required to report to work. However, even in nonessential areas, certain functions must continue. Employees in those areas should receive instruction from their supervisors prior to notice of a closing to determine if it is necessary for them to call in to report their specific conditions and receive scheduling information.
The following guidelines should be used in reporting time for employees of non-essential services during inclement weather or other emergency circumstances.
The University will remain open in those areas associated with patient care and other essential services; therefore, employees in those departments should make every effort to get to work. When driving is difficult, employees should start early to allow for possible travel delays. Employees from previous shifts will be held over until relieved by the next shift personnel. UAB employees (exempt or nonexempt) who provide support to The Kirklin Clinic or any other affiliated clinics open for business must call their immediate supervisor promptly for reporting instructions. It is the employee’s responsibility to understand the inclement weather practice as it applies to their unique work area.
The following guidelines should be used in reporting time for employees of essential services during inclement weather or other emergency circumstances.