Daily News – Post-storm guidance for Hong Kong officials is checked | Trending News

2018-09-19T18:23:59+00:00 September 19th, 2018|


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the Hong Kong government will examine the existing guidelines on post-storm work arrangements for civil servants to ensure cases are handled with flexibility the city’s leader Carrie Lam Chang you’d and geo are said in a letter to government employees on Tuesday the South China Morning Post understands that officials from some government departments including the trade and industry department only received the notice reminding them to handle colleagues attendance after typhoons with flexibility on Tuesday a day after it was issued by the Civil Service Bureau officers that invest the government agency tasked with attracting foreign investors had not yet received the notice we young shouting chief executive of the Federation of civil service unions said the delay came as no surprise as the government’s internal notices were usually sent to staff through multiple layers in the chain of command editorial time of work in the wake of typhoons has to be considered chief executive Carrie Lam Cheng Newton Agurs letter to more than 180 mm civil servants was sent a day after some government employees complained about the chaos they faced in their journeys to work on Monday amid large-scale suspensions of rail and bus services caused by typhoon man kit the most intense typhoon in the city on record limb expressed gratitude to civil servants for their efforts following the typhoon saying we were able to ride out the storm she said the civil service bureau would examine the existing guidelines on working arrangements for civil servant after typhoons ensuring that cases are handled with discretion and flexibility the existing guideline states that when the number eight or higher tropical cyclone warning signal is cancelled staff should report for duty as soon as possible where there is road flooding or non availability of public transport services affected staff may experience delays in reporting for duty the guideline says in such situations their supervisors should give due consideration to the circumstances of affected staff and handle each case with flexibility consultancy given task of saving historic Hong Kong banyan tree toppled by typhoon man kit around 3:00 p.m. on Monday the Civil Service Bureau issued notices to Bureau and department Chiefs reminding them to handle their colleagues attendance on Monday with flexibility no shows due to public transport issues should not be taken as absences it said a spokesman for the civil service bureau did not comment on the delay in sending out the notice in some departments the spokesman said the existing guideline for post typhoon work arrangement stipulates that supervisors should handle each case with flexibility what we did on Monday was only to remind all heads of departments to exercise new discretion in handling colleagues who experience difficulty in commuting to work on that day due to the damage caused by the typhoon the spokesman said their absence from duty should not be counted for leave deduction Hong Kong to review post-storm work and travel arrangements after typhoon man caught chaos Leung shouting chief executive of the Federation of civil service unions said most of the government’s internal notices including those from the Civil Service Bureau were usually sent to department heads who subsequently passed them to section heads like departmental secretaries and heads of personnel registry those section heads will then forward the notice to relevant officers there is a possibility that those section heads were not in office on Monday or did not forward it to relevant officers shortly he said