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State of Emergency - paid if you don't go to work?

Discussion in 'Budget Board' started by Sweety_tweety, Feb 6, 2010.

  1. Sweety_tweety

    Sweety_tweety Mouseketeer

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    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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  3. Alexander

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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.
     
  4. Purseval

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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.
     
  5. bigbabyblues

    bigbabyblues DIS Veteran

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    We've never gotten paid for it, unless we used our vacation time.
     
  6. sherry7

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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!
     
  7. mrsklamc

    mrsklamc <font color=blue>I apologize in advance, but what

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    Both of the jobs I've held as an adult do pay if we close for snow.
     
  8. delmar411

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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.
     
  9. bicker

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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.
     
  10. eliza61

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    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.
     
  11. sherry7

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    I dunno. :confused: Perhaps the laws are different in various states.
     
  12. bicker

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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?
     
  13. littlbugmom

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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)
     
  14. DawnM

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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.

    Dawn
     
  15. WeLuvTink!

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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.
     
  16. tink_n_pooh

    tink_n_pooh <font color=darkorchid>my TP isn't going anywhere.

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    Where I work if you don't go in because of the weather you don't get paid
     
  17. ssawka

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    It all depends on your employer, their policy, and their agreement with you. I'm a contractor, so as long as our customer is willing to pay us when they close (they usually do) then we get paid. I'm not sure with other states, but in VA I don't think there are any laws against being on the road during a state of emergency. Motorist are just advised to stay off the road.
     
  18. Nancy F

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    We closed today and are paying all our employees and our Dr.
    Even our part time guy. The only one we aren't paying is the one part time girl that doesn't work Sat. Not thrilled to have to do it but... it's the right thing to do.
    Nancy
     
  19. muscarello4

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    Our schools (and everywhere else) closed for a full week after Hurricane Ike. We are both teachers. We both got paid AND thanks to the "state of emergency" the days did not need to be made up at the end of the year.

    We were very blessed. Many people were out of work and were not being paid.
     
  20. Gigi22

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    Depends on the emergency. In our area, if the emergency causes electricity and water to be in limited supply or cut off to some areas of town, then the employer has no choice but to send people home from work. It is considered a health and safety issue.
    My employer was governmental--and we got paid in instances where areas of the city, or specific building complexes, were closed. We had a hotline to contact to find out whether to come in to work or not.
     
  21. TheRustyScupper

    TheRustyScupper Common sense is so rare, should be a Super Power.

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    1) We do not have "snow days". EVER.
    2) We are an alternative energy company.
    3) We have customers in areas that don't get snow.
    4) Therefore, we do not pay for non-excused absences (like "snow days").
     

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