From the Hotline: Weather Closure Notification

Question: Are there legal requirements regarding communication to employees during inclement weather conditions?

Answer: There are no federal or state laws that define how a company must manage its policy on notifying employees of office closure. Each company will be responsible for setting its own policy and ensuring that employees are provided with a reliable source of communication. This may include a “telephone tree,” email notification, text messaging, or other means of communication. A company may certainly require employees to call a specific number or their department supervisor, or access an online resource to confirm whether the office is open or closed in times of inclement weather. Bear in mind that if Internet access is disrupted due to inclement weather, another means of communications should be made available.

In all cases, employers should maintain and provide all employees with a policy that outlines the process for notification of closures due to inclement weather.