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Why were city employees forced to use time away from work during the winter storm as vacation time?

Julian March
StarNews
James Rivenbark with the city of Wilmington cuts up a pine tree limb along Lake Shore Drive on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014. Debris is scattered throughout the Greenfield Lake area. StarNews photo by Ken Blevins.

James Rivenbark with the city of Wilmington cuts up a pine tree limb along Lake Shore Drive on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014. Debris is scattered throughout the Greenfield Lake area. StarNews photo by Ken Blevins.

Q. Why are hourly Wilmington city employees being forced to use their time away from work during the winter storm as vacation time?

A. We posed the question to Malissa Talbert, a city spokeswoman.

Talbert said the city made the switch several years back.

First, the city wants workers available for work during storms if it is necessary, she said.

Additionally, the city doesn’t want a different standard for public safety employees who already have to report to work, Talbert said. Since police and firefighters are working anyway, even during storms, Talbert said other hourly workers will have to use vacation time if they are away from work during a storm.

Ultimately, though, Talbert said each working situation is different, and most of the time, supervisors work with employees.

“Employers should check with their supervisors if they have any questions,” she said. “It’s really up to the individual work unit.”

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