Proposal: Change HUD’s policy on Alternative Work Schedules (see sction 5, Alternative Work Schedule Porgrams) to allow employees on the Flexitour schedule to vary their arrival time up to 1.5 hours prior and 1.5 hours after their pre-selected time. This would allow an employee to vary his or her daily arrival within the entire morning flexible band of 7:00 and 9:30 without having to request a variance.
Justification: This change would make the Flexitour schedule more family-friendly, giving employees greater flexibility to meet family obligations without having to resort to leave or request variances. The extra burden it might place on management or the agency is, in general, rather minimal: an extra half hour at either end of the morning band. (In fact, some managers find the current policy more burdensome, requiring as it does that variances be requested, approved, and documented. See below.)
Background: HUD’s Flexitour work schedule permits eligible employees to pre-select an arrival time between 7:00 and 9:30 a.m. and vary their daily time of arrival up to one hour prior to or one hour after the pre-selected arrival time. So, if the employee selects an arrival time of 8:00 a.m., she is required to arrive at work anytime between 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m., but no later than 9:00 a.m. If she selects an arrival time of 8:30 a.m., she may arrive as late as 9:30 a.m., but no before 7:30 a.m. Supervisors may approve occasional variances (arrival times of more than one hour before or after the pre-selected arrival time; and these variances must be documented (Section 5.9 says on Form HUD-25012 Time and Attendance Record; but this form has been replaced with WebTA, which has no area for documenting variances).
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Iva Elliott commented
Great idea. Employees travel especially during the winter months would greatly benefit from this idea. Less stress and anxiety to and from work.
Great idea Jay, something that should have been done from the start. HUD family friendly is the key word.
MIchael DeMarco commented
Excellent Idea!! The current window of 1 hour on each side of the an employee's offical start time makes little sense for those employees who cannot participate in the 6:00 AM arrival time program.