Inclement weather closures

Wages on days of inclement weather

Closing operations due to inclement weather raises the question of compensation for employees.  A major factor to determine is if they are exempt or non-exempt employees.  To preserve an employees’ exempt status employers are prohibited from making deductions for absences caused by the employer.  You must assume that all your exempt employees’ were ready, willing and able to come to work and are unable to doc their pay.

Employers have no obligation for compensation to non-exempt employees’ under FLSA for days when the business operation is closed.  Employers’ only have to pay them for actual hours worked.  If the employer doesn’t communicate the closure to employees prior to their arrival they employer would be responsible to pay employees’ for time worked.

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