Status of State Government Offices
State government offices and their employees will follow the same winter weather hazard decisions made by the county government officials where the state office is located. For example, if county officials decide to delay the opening or close county government offices, that would mean state offices in the impacted county would follow the same schedule.
All information current as of 09:00 AM on 2/16/14.
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The Governor has directed that when winter storms occur in South Carolina, state government offices and their employees will follow the same winter weather hazard decisions made by county government officials where the state offices are located. For example, under that policy if a county delays opening offices for three hours or closes three hours early, state agencies in that county will do likewise. Further, if a county closes offices for an entire day, state offices in the impacted county also will do likewise.
Three sources of information regarding closings and delayed openings of county/state offices will be available:
1. Check South Carolina Educational Television and Radio. SCETV will broadcast a “crawl” showing the information and will announce it on SCETV radio. SCETV and SCETV radio will broadcast the information statewide.
2. The information regarding closings and delayed openings will be posted to the SCEMD web site as quickly as it is received.
3. Check local commercial news media outlets. They typically broadcast, post on their web sites, and/or disseminate through social media any deviations from normal operations for county offices. That information applies to state agencies located in those counties.
Do not call county emergency management offices for the information. We ask that state employees refrain from requesting this information from county emergency managers because they are typically involved in response activities during stormy weather and should not be interrupted.
County/state closing information can change rapidly. Employees should contact their immediate supervisors if they have questions.
State regulations allow the Governor to authorize pay for missed days under certain circumstances. S.C. Code Ann. 8-11-57 (1976, as amended) provides: “Notwithstanding any other provision of law, whenever the Governor declares a state of emergency or orders all or some state offices closed due to hazardous weather conditions she may authorize up to five days leave with pay for affected state employees who are absent from work due to the stat eof emergency or the hazardous weather conditions.” S.C. HR Regulation 19-712.01 (K) includes further information about Hazardous Weather and Emergency Leave. These provisions govern hazardous weather and emergency leave for state employees.
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