Now that the smoke has begun to clear after record wildfires swept through Southern California, employers face some smoldering pay and leave questions. What if the fires forced you to close your workplace? Do you have to pay employees who were ready and able to work? When must your organization pay employees who were forced to leave their homes?
The fires may raise other HR issues. Employees who lost their homes or must contend with repairs will probably need more time off. Others may face health issues such as asthma flare-ups or pulmonary problems.
How will you deal with these issues? Much depends on whether your affected employees are exempt or hourly under California’s wage-and-hour laws. Here are some guidelines:
Workplace closed due to fire emergency
(register to read more): In this case, you should pay exempt employees their full salaries. Docking exempt pay when the workplace is closed can jeopardize an employee’s exem...