I am pleased to share with you a blog my colleague, Linda B. Hollinshead @lhollinshead1, and I collaborated on concerning the Pope’s visit to Philadelphia and the wage and hour issues it may cause.
We have been asked a lot of questions about the Pope’s visit to Philadelphia in terms of wage and hour and other laws. Here are the some of the questions and the general answers:
- If we shut down for a day or two, do we have to pay exempt employees? The general answer is “yes.” However, you generally can require that the exempt employee use PTO to cover a day on which you shut down.
- If we shut down for a day or two, do we have to pay non-exempt employees? The general answer is “no,” unless: (1) you have a policy that says you will pay; (2) there is collective bargaining agreement that obligates you to pay; or (3) the employee is paid on fluctuating work week basis. Reminder: the fluctuating work week is not recognized in Pennsylvania but it is in other states. Even if there no duty to pay, please think of employee relations since you must pay exempt employees.