d.  Delayed Office Openings   

When the opening of an office is delayed or prevented due to hazardous    weather or other conditions beyond the control of the agency, all employees    will revert to normal office hours.

Section 8--Adjustments to Flextime Bands

Should less than four employees utilize the 15-minute band at the beginning or end of the day, that portion of the flexband may be discontinued.  That portion of the flexband will be resumed when more than three employees express an interest in working that portion of the band.

Section 9--CWS Eligibility for Field offices

Field offices with 12 or more bargaining unit employees as of the effective date of this Agreement will be allowed to participate in the CWS plan for field offices.  Eligibility to participate will be determined by the size of the office as of the effective date of this agreement.

Section 10--CWS Rules for Field offices

The only form of CWS available is the 5/4/9 plan.  It shall be in accordance with the following rules:

A. Employees electing to work the CWS plan will work a fixed shift.  This shift assignment, where necessary, will be worked out at the local level taking into consideration the preferences of employees and the operational needs of the office.

B. Participants will work the regular workday (e.g., 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) plus 1-hour for 8 days and will work the regular workday for 1 day each pay period.

C. Participants will work eight 9-hour days each pay period.

D. Participants will work one regular 8-hour workday each pay period that corresponds to the normal office hours (e.g., 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.).

E. Participants will have one non-workday each pay period.

Section 11--Determining the Compressed Schedule

Compressed work schedules (CWS) will be designed so that approximately 10 percent of the employees in the office can be off work at one time on a compressed work schedule.  However, the Employer may allow an excess of 10 percent of the employees off on any given day.  The following is an example of a 5/4/9 schedule: