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Telebriefs®: How to Handle Unexpected Office Closures and the Payment of Employees

With the recent horrendous effects of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma throughout the Gulf Coast, it is recommended that employers throughout the United States review their natural disaster and inclement weather policies for necessary updates. Whether there is an office closure due to a hurricane or a snowstorm, there are laws in place that employers need to be aware of regarding the payment of their employees. Nonexempt hourly employees are only required to be paid for the number of hours they work. Therefore, if the office is closed and they are not working, they do not need to be paid. As for exempt employees, they are required to be paid unless the office is closed for more than one week and they have performed no work during that week. If the office is open and some employees cannot make it to work, because of transportation or other issues, nonexempt employees need not be paid. To learn more about how employers must pay exempt and nonexempt employees for absences or being late due to inclement weather, listen to this week’s Telebrief here.

Also in this week’s Telebrief: What is happening with the DOL’s proposed overtime salary changes and how to handle employees who extend FMLA leave using fraudulent information.

Questions about inclement weather policies or other topics from this week’s Telebrief?

Contact  Howard at or 410-209-6417



About the Telebriefs®

The Telebriefs® are 30-minute, information-packed phone calls geared towards executives, HR directors, supervisors, managers, and business owners. Join Howard K. Kurman, as he discusses employment law developments occurring over the past two weeks that will most significantly impact employers nationwide. These twice-monthly phone calls are an easy way to stay current and compliant with the latest employment law developments that will significantly affect you and your company. The goal is to provide information and insights to help executives stay current with the latest workplace law developments and in front of trends, to enable proactive policy-making and management. Our guarantee: You will learn something useful, on every call!


Howard Kurman | 410-209-6417

Howard K. Kurman is an employment attorney. Mr. Kurman regularly counsels clients on all aspects of proactive employment/labor issues. He represents employers ranging in size from as small as 20 employees to those employers with geographically disparate locations consisting of over 4,000 employees. Mr. Kurman assures, through regular contact with his clients, that they promulgate and maintain the most effective employment policies that will, to the extent possible, minimize their legal exposure in today’s litigious workplace. Mr. Kurman offers advice on employee handbooks, employment agreements, and covenants not to compete as well as confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements. Previously, Mr. Kurman was the chair of the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice Group.

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