March 2014 HR Brain Teaser

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Let it snow…

The news reports all predict yet another winter storm. You know from past experience that the roads will be hazardous, people will likely stay home and that, therefore, you won’t have a lot of customers at your business today.

Now you need to make a decision: do you have all your previously scheduled employees report to work? Do you stay open? What can you do?

Which of the following statements are correct?

A.  A business can close during natural disasters, including bad weather. You don’t have to pay hourly employees when the business is closed due to inclement weather.

B.  If a business has already scheduled employees to work prior to the natural disaster, then those employees should be paid regardless of whether those employees show up to work or not.

C.  A business can close during natural disasters, including bad weather. You don’t have to pay hourly employees when the business is closed due to inclement weather. If, however, you’re unable to reach employees who were previously scheduled to work, and they report to work, you may be subject to “reporting” or “show-up” pay, depending on your particular state laws.

Answer:   A and C are the correct answers

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