With winter upon us, many workers miss work or arrive late due to bad weather
conditions. Do you know your company’s policies if you’re
late as the result of bad weather, or if your company closes unexpectedly?
Understanding your rights to pay as a worker under all conditions is important.
If you have question concerning your pay, or believe that you have not
gotten all the compensation you deserve, it is a good idea to consult
with an experienced
Atlanta wage and hour attorney right away.
For example, do you know if you are entitled to pay if your business unexpectedly
closes for the day? It most situations, it depends on whether you are
exempt or non-exempt. Exemptions are rules that state that if you make
more than a certain amount of money per week, and if you perform a certain
type of “white collar” work, then you are exempt from the
overtime laws, and your employer need not pay you time and a half no matter
how many hours you work in a week. If, however, the exemptions do not
apply to you, then you are considered non-exempt, and your employer must
pay you time and a half for every hour you work more than 40 in any workweek.
If a company closes as the result of bad weather, in most situations non-exempt
employees would not be entitled to pay. However, if a non-exempt worker
shows up and is then sent home, the worker is entitled to be compensated
for the time he or she spent at work before leaving. In certain circumstances,
state law provides that workers who show up to work and are sent home
must be paid a certain minimum compensation. You’re not out of luck
though, you may be entitled to paid time off if you take those days off.
Similarly, if an employee chooses to stay home because of bad weather
or a school closure, whether that worker is entitled to pay again depends
on if he or she is exempt v. non-exempt. Typically, non-exempt employees
will not be entitled to pay.
Whether an exempt employee is entitled to pay is a more complex question.
If your company has a bad weather policy it’s a good idea to review
the policy before you need to use it. Further, if you find yourself working
from home as the result of bad weather make sure to keep track of the
time spent working. Depending on the circumstances, including whether
or not you’re exempt, you may be entitled to compensation for all
For more information on pay or if you believe that you have not paid for
all time worked, please contact the highly experienced
Georgia wage and hour attorneys at The Buckley Law Firm, LLC for an immediate consultation.