Ask the Experts: Work From Home During Storms

Question: Does a company have to allow employees to work from home (exempt or nonexempt) if the office is closed due to bad weather?

Answer: No, employers do not need to allow employees to work from home, regardless of their FLSA status (exempt or nonexempt). The employer can make those decisions based upon the work that can be done remotely and based on the needs of the business. The employer should have clearly communicated policies and expectations regarding working from home during office closures.