Hurricane Season Is Here: Understanding Employee Pay During and After a Hurricane

Hurricane Season Is Here: Understanding Employee Pay During and After a Hurricane

With the onset of the 2021 hurricane season, employers should soon have their hurricane preparedness plans finalized. A well-done hurricane preparedness plan will address a host of issues, including but not limited to preparing facilities for severe weather, ensuring the business is properly insured, and determining whether a business will stay open—and if the business stays open, how it will be staffed. At some point, after decisions have been made about whether a business will stay open and whether goods or people need to be moved out of harm’s way, questions related to employee pay tend to arise. One frequently asked question is, “Should I pay exempt employees who miss work due to bad weather conditions?” An exempt employee is someone who is not entitled to overtime pay for hours worked over 40 in any workweek. When it comes to deductions from exempt employees’ salaries, it is easy to get into trouble. The general rule is that exempt employees are entitled to receive their entire salaries for any workweek in which they perform work. This means that if the work …
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