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Bad-weather absences: When must you pay exempt employees?

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It’s best not to wait for an emergency to think about how your attendance and pay policies would respond to a snowstorm, power outage or tornado that closes the workplace (or makes travel difficult).

For example, say it’s snowing hard and an exempt employee calls to say she can’t drive her small car to work. Does the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) let you deduct a full day’s pay from her salary for that missed day? In most cases, yes.

What if your workplace closes down because of the bad weather? In that case, it’s a different story. You can’t dock her pay, but you can require her to use accrued leave time for the missed day.

The flowchart at right shows the yes/no calls to make when deciding whether you must pay employees when inclement weather interrupts work.

If the workplace stays open

When your organization remains open during inclement weather and an exempt employee misses work for his own (non-illness) reason, you c...(register to read more)

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