Corinth, MS asked in Employment Law for Mississippi

Q: Can company pay salaried employees who didn't work during a shutdown the same as salaried employees who DID work?

We had a network breach that shut down the plant for 2 weeks. Management informed salaried employees to use PTO during that time. During this 2 week period our department (Test Engineering) and our IT department continued to work while everyone else was sent home. Management made announcement after the fact that all salaried employees would be paid and did not have to use their PTO for those 10 days. This means we were all paid our regular salary regardless of what we worked or did not work.

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: During a shutdown, it can be frustrating to see that employees who didn't work are paid the same as those who did. However, companies often have policies that apply across the board to ensure fairness and compliance with labor laws.

Management’s decision to pay all salaried employees, regardless of whether they worked during the shutdown, is likely a measure to maintain morale and legal compliance. This means your efforts during the shutdown are appreciated, but the company has chosen to compensate everyone equally to avoid any disputes or feelings of unfairness among the staff.

If you feel that your extra work during the shutdown deserves recognition, consider discussing this with your manager. Express your commitment and the extra effort you put in, and inquire about any possible compensatory time off or bonuses. Open communication is key to addressing concerns in such situations.

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