Can an employer close shop early and not pay the full day to employees?

Asked on November 25, 2015 under Employment Labor Law, California


M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

Does this action violate the terms of an employment contract, union agreement or company policy? Is the empoyees' treatment the result of some form of actionable discrimination? If not, then closing down early without giving a full days' pay is perfectly permissable from a legal standpoint. The fact is that most employment arrangements are "at will". This means that a company can set the terms and conditions of the workplace much as it sees fit. For their part, an employee can accept the terms of closing early, fight it and risk termination, or quit.

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