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.