On top of their recommendations, the Office of Personnel Management is also stating that federal employees can earn compensatory time or credit hours when the heat is “threatening” their health.
“If your agency policies allow, an employee working a flexible work schedule may elect to adjust when they come to work and when they leave in order to avoid commuting during the hottest period of the day,” she added. “Employees can also ask for annual leave, earned compensatory time or credit hours on a day when severe heat and humidity are threatening their health and welfare.”
OPM also reminded federal workers to stay inside as much as they can, wear light-colored clothing and “drink more water than usual.”
Yes, this is how people die . . . from heat that's not nearly as bad as it is in other parts of the world, where people have been surviving for centuries. But don't let common sense and logic get in the way of a free day off.