Q: How far in advance do I need to inform my staff that there will be no work for the day and they do not need to come in?
I am putting together a S.O.P for our company about calling off the staff due to light work load, how far in advance do I need to let them know?
A: The only law that speaks to your issue is the Reporting Time Pay law that says you have to pay part of the cancelled shift if you send an employee home once they arrive at the workplace for a scheduled shift. See here for more on that law: https://www.dir.ca.gov/dlse/faq_reportingtimepay.htm
Even under that law, you can send people home after they come in for their shift, it just means you have to compensate them as stated in that law.
Also note that based on relatively recent case law putting employees on a call-in, on call arrangement can implicate the Reporting Time Pay consequences.
Other than that, you can legally call an employee off of a scheduled shift at any time and without legal consequence. Creating your policy then becomes one of employer needs and any concern you may have about employee convenience - i.e., a business decision, not a legal one.
Good luck to you.
Justia Ask a Lawyer is a forum for consumers to get answers to basic legal questions. Any information sent through Justia Ask a Lawyer is not secure and is done so on a non-confidential basis only.
The use of this website to ask questions or receive answers does not create an attorney–client relationship between you and Justia, or between you and any attorney who receives your information or responds to your questions, nor is it intended to create such a relationship. Additionally, no responses on this forum constitute legal advice, which must be tailored to the specific circumstances of each case. You should not act upon information provided in Justia Ask a Lawyer without seeking professional counsel from an attorney admitted or authorized to practice in your jurisdiction. Justia assumes no responsibility to any person who relies on information contained on or received through this site and disclaims all liability in respect to such information.
Justia cannot guarantee that the information on this website (including any legal information provided by an attorney through this service) is accurate, complete, or up-to-date. While we intend to make every attempt to keep the information on this site current, the owners of and contributors to this site make no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the information contained in or linked to from this site.