What to do if I work for an advertising firm that decided to pay us for the week we were closed for a hurricane and now expects us to make up the time the following week?

Is this legal?

Asked on November 13, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, New Jersey


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Yes, it's legal. If you are an exempt salaried employee, you can be made to work extra hours at any time without additional compensation--including to make up for time lost due to a hurricane or other disaster. However, if you are an hourly employee, if you are required to work extra hours, you must be paid for them--and if you work more than 40 hours in a work week for any reason, you must be paid overtime.

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