Section G - Physical Hardship, Hazard Duty and Evacuation Payments for General Schedule Employees
You may request approval to pay your employee a hazard pay differential (up to 25 percent of the rate of basic pay) for the performance of:
|What is Hazardous Duty?||Hazardous duty is duty performed under circumstances in which an accident could result in serious injury or death, such as duty performed on a high structure where protective facilities are not used or an open structure where adverse conditions such as darkness, lightning, steady rain, or high wind velocity exist.|
|What is Duty with a Physical Hardship?||Duty involving physical hardship is duty that may not in itself be hazardous, but causes extreme physical discomfort or distress. The hardship is not adequately alleviated by protective or mechanical devices, such as duty involving exposure to extreme temperatures for a long period of time, arduous physical exertion, or exposure to fumes, dust, or noise that causes nausea, skin, eye, ear, or nose irritation.|
|Conditions for Payment||
Hazard pay differential is paid IN ADDITION TO any additional pay or allowances payable under other statutes. It is not part of your employee's rate of basic pay in computing additional pay or allowances payable under other statutes.
You must pay the hazard pay differential for those hours your employee is in a pay status on the day(a calendar day or a 24-hour period, when designated by the agency) on which he/she performs the duty.
You may not pay a hazard pay differential to your employee when the hazardous duty or duty involving physical hardship has been taken into account in the classification of your employee's position, whether or not the duty is grade controlling, unless approved by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) (5 CFR 550.904 [a]).
See Title 5 CFR 550, Subpart I, Appendix A, for the list of duties authorized a hazard pay differential.
|Termination of Hazard Pay Differential||
You will discontinue payment of a hazard pay differential to your employee when:
|Approval Authority||OPM retains the authority to establish hazard duty rate schedules in the CFR.|
|Process for Requesting Approval to Pay a Hazard Pay Differential||You should follow this process to request approval to pay a hazard pay differential:
In deciding whether the payment of a hazard pay differential is justified, you should consider and describe the following:
The SPO must keep records of the following information, for at least 2 years, about each employee who receives a Hazard Pay Differential:
|Reports||Since the SPO will be involved in the tracking of requests, no additional reports are required to be submitted to the SPO.|
| Evacuation and Advance Salary Payments During an Emergency
||HRO computes pay using 5 CFR 550.404 and departmental policy. An advance salary payment may cover a period of up to 30 days. Evacuation payments continue as long as the order to evacuate remains in effect (unless terminated) but may not exceed 180 days. Evacuation payments are terminated and pay is adjusted based on 5 CFR 550.407 and 408.
Detailed information regarding evacuation and advance salary payments can be found on the Internet at:
Questions regarding travel per diem should be referred to your servicing travel specialist: