Snow days: Must you pay when weather keeps workers home?

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by Carolyn Buccerone, Esq.

In the wake of the recent snow emergencies that swept across the Northeast, many employers have been trying to figure out when and if they have to pay their employees when work is shut down due to severe weather conditions.

For the most part, the answer depends on an employee’s status under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

Employers need to carefully follow the appropriate FLSA regulations and guidance. Otherwise, they could jeopardize an employee’s exempt status.

Follow these guidelines to determine whether you need to pay employees on snow days—or any other condition that could cause an unexpected workplace closing.

Exempt employees: Work closed

When a workplace shuts down for less than a full workweek due to inclement weather, exempt employees may not be docked pay for missed days. The employee’s salary must remain the same.

Employers may require exempt employees to use vacation days or othe...(register to read more)

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