Frequently Asked Employer Questions: Adverse Weather Conditions Policies
With winter just around the corner, it’s a good time to remind North Carolina private sector employers what they need to know about their adverse weather policies from an employment law standpoint. How private employers treat their employees during adverse weather conditions comes under the concept of “at-will” employment. Employers are free to adopt or not adopt adverse weather condition policies.
Does an employer have to provide employees an opportunity to make up time missed due to bad weather?
No. There is no labor law stating that an employer must give its employees the opportunity to make up time missed due to bad weather.
If the employer does have an adverse weather policy, what are the employer’s obligations?
The employer is required to abide by its own adverse weather policies.
Can an employer require its employees to come to work during adverse weather conditions?
Yes. So long as the employer’s place of business is open, an employer can make coming to work and/or staying at work during adverse weather a condition of employment.