Unpredictable Weather – What’s an Employer to Do?

Tis the season for winter weather woes – at least until this past week’s 65-degree weather in February! Since New England weather is so unpredictable, it’s also the time of the year when many employers are faced with the inconvenience of business closures. This leaves employers questioning how employees should be paid when the business shuts down or when employees cannot make it to work.

While most businesses have the option of whether they wish to close their doors during inclement weather, employers must understand how to pay employees to ensure compliance under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The short answer to the question of how to pay employees is, it depends on whether the employee is exempt or nonexempt.

Our latest e-Alert has best practices for dealing with unpredictable weather and office closings.

Melissa Gillespie
VP of HR Services at HR Knowledge
With over a decade of HR experience, Melissa brings to our clients a real-world perspective having held positions as a corporate HR manager and a consultant. Since 2010, Melissa has advised and worked with HR Knowledge’s clients in all areas of HR management, including workplace best practices, organizational enhancement, workforce training, performance measurement and compliance. She believes that a strong HR strategy improves a business’s productivity, quality and employee retention. Melissa’s commitment to service mirrors the culture and commitment that HR Knowledge strives to provide to our clients.

Prior to HR Knowledge, Melissa was most recently an independent HR Consultant. In this role, she was a trusted human resources advisor to small- and mid-sized organizations providing guidance, direction and advice about the application or interpretation of human resources and labor policies, as well as practices and procedures in a variety of areas related to human resource management.

Melissa is a certified human resource professional. She graduated summa cum laude from Northeastern University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and a concentration in Leadership. She is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and New England Human Resources Association (NEHRA).