The information provided are just suggestions not regulations and only valid at the time of writing. Please stay in tune with your local and state authorities.
Wage-and-hour laws: FLSA regulations establish very specific guidelines on when you need to and do not need to pay employees. To stay in compliance, be sure that you are paying employees correctly as determined by their pay status (hourly or salary) and classification (exempt or non-exempt) as well as any commitments or agreements you may have with them.
Determine if you are going to require employees to use all of their PTO during a quarantine or business closing or if you will allow them to take the time unpaid: Some companies require employees to use all of their available PTO for any absence while some allow employees to take the unexpected time off unpaid, both have pros and cons:
As a compromise, consider giving employees a set number of days off without pay or penalty but allow them the option to substitute PTO available with them knowing this will reduce the time they have off later in the year.
Protect the confidentiality of your employees: If you have employees who become ill or who you are worried about due to medical conditions, be sure to keep all communication and records confidential. Do not tell anyone outside of the “need-to-know” group except with the employee’s permission.
Remember employment is at-will: Employees not under a contract are free to look for another job at any time, including when the office is closed, so you may lose good employees before work can resume. Open communication during these uncertain times may help reduce this possibility.
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