Q. Do we have to pay our employees for a full day’s work when they leave early due to bad weather?
A. If they are nonexempt, no. (Remember that some hourly employees may meet the exemption requirements. They’re subject to different pay rules in many situations.)
If they’re exempt, yes. Exempt employees who work partial days must ordinarily receive full pay.
Some union contracts require employers to pay an hourly employee a full day’s pay if the employee is required to report to work. Some employees mistakenly think, because they’ve heard about this from a friend who works at a company with a union contract, that it’s the law rather than a policy specific to that unionized company.
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