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Old 02-06-2010, 09:47 AM   #1
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State of Emergency - paid if you don't go to work?

Does any know if you don't go to work during a state of emergency, do you still get paid? I was not sure if it was up to the company you work for or if it is a law. I am talking about Delaware in particular.
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Old 02-06-2010, 09:52 AM   #2
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We had a really bad ice storm here a few years back (Upstate NY). Everything was closed, roadways blocked by downed trees, broken telephone poles, there was no power for 8 days. We were under a State of Emergency for almost a week. DH was told by his company "No Show, No Dough". He went to work that first night (he was on night shift) and then when he tried to get home in the morning, the fire departments had closed all of the roads. He basically told them that he had just gone 36 hours without sleep, and if he had to drive across the fields, he was going home. Eventually they let him go through because we know the chief.
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Old 02-06-2010, 10:02 AM   #3
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No, you don't get paid unless you work for an extremely generous company. Everybody loses, you don't get paid and your company doesn't get to do any business. If you drive a snowplow you'll do ok.
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Old 02-06-2010, 10:02 AM   #4
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We've never gotten paid for it, unless we used our vacation time.
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Old 02-06-2010, 10:09 AM   #5
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I'm in PA, and had this same situation a few years ago. We were allowed to take the time off excused (no pay), and didn't have to use a vacation day, etc unless we opted to do that. Thank goodness this storm fell on the weekend, because we are under a state of emergency today, but none of us have to work today.

I doubt that many companies would pay you under the circumstances. BTW, my husband just said that in a state of emergency, your auto insurance is invalid if you decide to drive.

Stay warm and safe!
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Old 02-06-2010, 10:12 AM   #6
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Both of the jobs I've held as an adult do pay if we close for snow.
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Old 02-06-2010, 10:13 AM   #7
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I doubt that many companies would pay you under the circumstances. BTW, my husband just said that in a state of emergency, your auto insurance is invalid if you decide to drive.
wow, I didn't know this. What about when they call for 4x4s to take drs and nurses to the hospitals? They are driving when no one is supposed to but doing a public service.
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Old 02-06-2010, 10:21 AM   #8
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If the employer's place of business is open, then generally employees don't get paid if they don't show. If the place of business is closed, then it is more likely that an employer will pay staff anyway. State laws may affect the latter (i.e., the law may require employers to pay staff scheduled, under certain circumstances, if the employer decides to close due to snow), but generally will not affect the former (i.e., the law won't force an employer to pay employees who don't show due to snow, if the employer's place of business is open).

Note that a general state of emergency may have no effect on whether a place of business is open or not.

YMMV.
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Old 02-06-2010, 10:29 AM   #9
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depends on the company

I work for Dupont in Wilmington. We have a hotline number to call to see if the sites are opened. If they are opened and we don't show, we have to use vacation time. Generally though if the state declares a state of emergency, the company complies and stays shut. In that case we are paid.
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wow, I didn't know this. What about when they call for 4x4s to take drs and nurses to the hospitals? They are driving when no one is supposed to but doing a public service.
I dunno. Perhaps the laws are different in various states.
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I've never seen a report of a case where someone was denied auto insurance coverage due to having been out driving in a state of emergency. Does anyone know of when and where such a case may have occurred?
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Old 02-06-2010, 11:33 AM   #12
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I am paid if the county I live in has declared a level 3 OR if the county I work in has declared a level 3. (Level 3 means no cars allowed on the roads)
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Old 02-06-2010, 12:06 PM   #13
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Completely depends on your employer.

In CA I got paid even though we had 4 days off for riots and 5 days off for an earthquake! Not in the same year, but still. There was no possibility for make up days as we were a year round school with multiple tracks.

Here if we have snow days we do get paid but only because we have to make them up at the end of the school year.

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Old 02-06-2010, 12:10 PM   #14
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Municipal employee here and the one time the roads were so bad that they told us not to come to work, we were forced to use vacation time.
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Where I work if you don't go in because of the weather you don't get paid
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