Emergency Placement Law and Legal Definition

Emergency placement could mean emergency placement in an off duty status without pay. This is done when it is necessary to remove the employee from the premises immediately. Placement in an off–duty nonpay status is confirmed in writing, stating the reasons and advising the employee that the action is appealable. The employee should be returned to duty after the cause for nonpay status ceases unless individual circumstances warrant otherwise.

Section 651.4 of the Employee and Labor Relations Manual of the United States Postal Service provides for Emergency Placement in Off–Duty Status:

"An employee may be placed in an off–duty nonpay status immediately but remains on the rolls when he or she (a) exhibits characteristics of impairment due to alcohol, drugs or other intoxicant, (b) fails to observe safety rules, (c) fails to obey a direct order, (d) provides reason to be deemed potentially injurious to self or others, or (e) disrupts day–to–day postal operations in any other way. Placement in an off–duty nonpay status is confirmed in writing, stating the reasons and advising the employee that the action is appealable. The employee should be returned to duty after the cause for nonpay status ceases unless individual circumstances warrant otherwise. Use of these emergency procedures does not preclude disciplinary action based on the same conduct."