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

Answers:

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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