Do you have an up-to-date operations plan in case of a campus disruption? With snow in the forecast, we recommend that you take some time (if you have not already done so) to consider what essential services your unit will need in the event of an extreme weather, such as a snow or ice storm. Essential services in the context of extreme weather conditions are those services that are needed to ensure the safety, security, welfare, and health of the community, property, and research and certain operational and contractual activities of the university.
Please visit our page on Staffing during a weather disruption for a full list of considerations.
Some things to think about:
- Review the services that your unit provides, and determine which of those services are essential.
- Have a discussion with employees who are in those roles and let them know the university’s expectations and policy in the event of extreme weather (Disruption of Classes/Services by Snow Policy: the Snow Policy (SC5) (formerly Policy #68)).
- If you have essential CUPE 2950 positions, follow the process as outlined in Article 13.01 and Letter of Agreement 13.01 of the collective agreement, which requires communication with Human Resources (contact Korey Onyskevitch at firstname.lastname@example.org) and the union. This does not preclude your ability to request additional essential services should the need arise.
Setting up a plan in advance will allow you to address any issues with your team and with your HR Advisor. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your HR Advisor.