Hawaii is well into hurricane season and two storms are currently very near to our islands. Now is the time to prepare your homes and families. As a government worker you may be scheduled or called in to work during a disaster or emergency.
HGEA has been receiving calls and inquiries from members as the employers prepare for potential impacts from the storms.
Frequently Asked Questions
The employer is asking me to work during the hurricane or other disaster? Why do I need to come in? Per Chapter 127A-8, Hawaii Revised Statutes government employees are considered emergency workers during a disaster or emergency and should follow the direction of their department head/supervisor and follow department directives during those times.
My job is not an essential function, do I still have to come in? For disaster or emergency situations, all government employees are considered emergency workers and should follow the direction of their department head/supervisor and department directives. What about compensation? The terms of your Collective Bargaining Agreement apply, however you may be recalled from previously approved leave depending on the situation. If issues related to your compensation persist after the disaster or emergency contact HGEA at firstname.lastname@example.org for help.