• Compensating Employees for Time Off Due to California Fires
  • May 21, 2014 | Author: Marie Burke Kenny
  • Law Firm: Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP - San Diego Office
  • Southern Californians are struggling to cope with the significant losses and other challenges caused by the recent fires. Many employees were forced to miss work due to mandatory evacuations or due to school closures. Employers in several areas were asked by civil authorities to shut down operations or to allow employees to stay at home. In some areas, utility interruptions or failures have disrupted business. A number of employers have elected to compensate their employees as if there has been no interruption in operations, while others have yet to decide the best course for their businesses. Regardless, employers are advised to be aware of the rules governing the compensation of employees in these circumstances. The rules for the payment of exempt and non-exempt employees differ significantly. The rules also vary depending on the circumstances surrounding the employee's absence. The following is a brief overview of the general rules.