Wage and Hour Issues When Disaster Strikes

flooding caused by Japan tsunami
Flooding caused by the March 2011 tsunami in Japan

With the chaos created by Hurricane Sandy, we employers on the West Coast may be wise to consider what are our obligations to employees if an earthquake or tsunami were to disrupt our workplace.

Here’s an informative excerpt from an article on employment law I just ran across:

“In the event an employer is unable to provide work or open an office due to a natural disaster, the employer’s payroll obligations largely hinge on whether employees are characterized as “exempt” or “non-exempt” from receiving overtime compensation. Employers are generally only required to compensate non-exempt employees for time actually worked. Thus, in the absence of a policy or agreement to the contrary, an employer is usually not required to pay non-exempt employees for missed work occasioned by a hurricane or other weather-related incidents.”

Hopefully, we won’t have a natural disaster any time soon. But just in case you might need wage and hour information in the future, click here for the full article.

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Originally published on www.thsh.com by Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt LLP.

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