Cleaning Up from Hurricane Sandy: Important Employment Issues


Natural disasters like Hurricane Sandy can create a host of employment challenges for employers, from wage-hour concerns to employee leave and employee safety. As businesses struggle to re-open and resume operations, here are some important employment guidelines to consider.

Are Employers Required to Pay Employees for Missed Work Time Because of a Natural Disaster?

Generally, employers are not required under federal law to pay non-exempt employees for hours not actually worked by them, including absences caused by a natural disaster. The employer has the discretion to allow or require non exempt employees to use paid leave avail-able to them for such absences. However, the employer may be obligated to pay non-exempt employees for hours not worked in the following situations...

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