This morning Punxsutawney Phil told us that we are facing six more weeks of winter. Great. We thought it served as a good opportunity to remind employers of the importance of establishing inclement weather policies that are compliant with wage and hour laws for both exempt and non-exempt employees. Here is a quick, yet helpful, Q&A for your reading pleasure:
Recently, union leaders at the Long Island Railroad and representatives of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority finally reached a deal to avoid a strike. If a strike had occurred, businesses would have faced a potentially significant loss of employee productivity as more than 300,000 daily commuters travel to and from Long Island each day. While employers thankfully avoided the worst, it did leave them scrambling to understand their payroll obligations in preparation for the strike. We thought it prudent to quickly revisit some of the wage and hour issues that have arisen over the past few weeks so that you won’t be caught off guard during the next threatened strike, weather emergency or other event that may prevent your employees from reaching the workplace.