Emergency Operations Policy
Revised Dec. 17, 2009 - Printable version
One of the key differences between ABX Air and other companies is the "can do" attitude of ABX employees. When we are faced with severe weather, natural disasters (flood, tornadoes, earthquake) or other emergency situations, ABX management will evaluate the impact on the operation and implement emergency operations plans that will enable ABX to operate as safely and efficiently as possible.
Emergency Operation Plans
There are two Emergency Operation Plans under which the company will typically operate:
When Delayed Operations are in effect, all employees are expected to make every effort to be at work on time, but a late arrival up to 2 hours will not count as an occurrence. Arrival more than 2 hours late will be considered a tardy occurrence. Absences are counted as occurrences. For pay purposes only, lost time can be covered with earned paid time (vacation or floaters).
The guidelines for late arrivals and absences are intended to apply for conditions at the work site. For employees who travel through other counties to report to work during inclement weather, supervisors should exercise good judgment in applying attendance guidelines. Supervisors should consult with managers if they have questions or need further guidance in determining which attendance guidelines to apply.
Closure of Operations
If a severe weather emergency or a civil or natural disaster prevents continuation of normal or delayed operations, the President, CEO, or a Vice President may declare the closure of one or more locations. The duration of the closure may be a few hours or longer, depending on the nature of the emergency and the company’s ability to operate.
Non-essential employees are not required to come to work during closures. Those currently at work may be allowed to leave early and receive compensation for time worked or three hours, whichever is greater. Earned vacation or floaters may be used to cover lost time.
In the event of a closure, certain "service-essential" employees are asked to report to work as usual, and will receive a weather incentive day in addition to their regular pay. Each department establishes its own list of service-essential employees who are vital to continuing operations under emergency conditions. Employees should check with their supervisors to determine if they are considered service-essential.
Communication of Delayed Operations or Closure
Regardless of announcements made by outside agencies, employees should presume ABX Air is operating on a normal schedule, unless an emergency plan has been declared. Delayed Operations or Closure of Operations will be communicated in the following ways: