During inclement weather, many offices and businesses will close early. While last week’s post examined payment when the business is closed or remains open all day, different rules apply when the employer opts to close the workplace early.
Many states have reporting pay laws that guarantee an employee payment for a minimum number of hours when the employee reports for a scheduled shift. In those states, even if the employee works only 5 minutes, or reports to work but does no work at all, the employee is entitled to a minimum payment.
Laws vary from state to state, but many times reporting pay is not required if the employer made a good-faith effort to inform the employee in advance that the business would be closed or that the employee’s schedule has been changed. Many states also exempt employers from reporting time pay when a business is closed due to an act of God, as when a tornado or flood destroys the building.
According to SHRM, the Society for Human Resource Management, seven states plus the District of Columbia have reporting time pay laws that affect adults: California, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, New York, New Jersey and Rhode Island. Oregon has a reporting time pay that applies to minors only.
A brief summary of reporting time pay laws by state: (more…)
Effective October 1, 2010, Connecticut employers must provide up to 12 days of paid or unpaid leave to employees to address a family violence issue.
Seek medical care for physical injuries or disabilities
Seek psychological care of counseling for psychological injuries
Obtain services from an organization on behalf of the victim, including a woman’s shelter or similar non-profit agency
Relocate to a new home
Participate in a criminal or civil court case related to the family violence
The domestic violence leave law applies to employers with three or more employees. State law already allowed victims of certain crimes time off to attend court proceedings and to assist police in an investigation. However, this law provides additional leave to relocate, and seek medical care or counseling.
Some of the states where the minimum wage follows the inflation rate are Washington, Oregon, Vermont, and Florida. By contrast, New Mexico, like Connecticut, increases its minimum wage rate by statute. In New Mexico, the state minimum wage increased from $6.50 to $7.50 an hour on January 1, 2009, a hike of $1 per hour – by far the highest of the new year.
As in many other states, administrative, executive, and professional employees are exempt under the Connecticut state overtime and minimum wage laws. The relevant law in this case is Section 31-60-14,15,16 of the Administrative Regulations.
There is also an exception under the Connecticut minimum wage for minors working in agriculture or government. They are entitled to a reduced minimum wage that amounts to $6.80 per hour. In other words, they are only entitled to 85% of the state’s minimum wage. Minors working (more…)
The Connecticut minimum wage increase is statutory, meaning it was voted as part of state laws, rather than being a cost-of-living increase. A number of states, including Florida, Vermont, Washington and Oregon increase the minimum wage each year to adjust for inflation. Connecticut does not.
The state minimum wage is being increased by statute in New Mexico, as well as Connecticut. In New Mexico, the minimum wage will go from $6.50 to $7.50 per hour on January 1, 2009.
The Connecticut minimum wage will increase again, from $8.00 to $8.25 per hour, on January 1, 2010.
Employers should be aware of a number of laws that were passed in the 2008 Connecticut legislative session.
The State General Assembly passed bills regarding the regulation of professional service organizations, and House Bill 5113, which addresses employee misclassification.
In May, the Connecticut House passed a bill that reinstates the law permitting 15 year olds to work in grocery stores as baggers, stockers and cashiers. Governor M. Jodi Rell is expected to sign the bill soon. The bill, which amends Connecticut Statute 21-23 will become immediately effective.