Tag: Inclement Weather

Our thoughts are with those in Houston and surrounding areas who are affected by the devastation of Harvey. With the area torn apart by flooding and the closure of roads, schools, and airports, some residents may find returning to work in the near future difficult. Harvey signals the beginning of storm season in the country….

The U.S. Department of Labor has issued compliance guidance for benefit plans, employers and employees, and service providers who are impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

If you are inclined to believe “Punxsutawney Phil,” we’re in for another six weeks of wintry weather. When the groundhog emerged from his dwelling at Gobbler’s Knob in west-central Pennsylvania on February 2nd, he did not see his shadow. Let’s all hope for an early spring while we stay vigilant for more bad weather. Super…

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…

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…

Question: We closed one of our offices for a day last week due to the weather.  Our employees working in another office in a part of the country not affected by the weather are now asking for a “free vacation day in order to be fair”.  My initial response is to deny it.  Are we…

Question: Last week our offices were closed because of the major storm in Connecticut.  The power was out the entire work week. Do we need to pay our employees for the week?  If not, would they be eligible for unemployment compensation? Our View:  When your business closes early or opens late or just closes for…