Q:

In the USA are employees who are not working due to Covid-19 entitled to wages under law?

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Rachel Amos
The Senate
14 Mar 2020

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  • 14 Mar 2020
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    Other ...: This may be state by state. See the Sidley update attached:

    "Generally, employees who are not working are not entitled to wages under federal law, but state laws may impose payment obligations. For example, states including California and cities including Chicago require employers to provide paid sick leave. Employees who report to work and then are sent home under certain circumstances may be entitled to partial pay. In New York City, employers must allow employees to use earned sick time to care for children if schools are closed due to an emergency declaration. Employees who perform any work — whether in the office or from a remote site or home — are entitled to pay. Employers should be especially careful with exempt employees, who must be paid their salary for the entire workweek if they do any work during the workweek."

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    Rachel Amos
    The Senate

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  • 14 Mar 2020
  • Unclear

    Very Complex

    Other ...: This may be state by state. See the Sidley update attached:

    "Generally, employees who are not working are not entitled to wages under federal law, but state laws may impose payment obligations. For example, states including California and cities including Chicago require employers to provide paid sick leave. Employees who report to work and then are sent home under certain circumstances may be entitled to partial pay. In New York City, employers must allow employees to use earned sick time to care for children if schools are closed due to an emergency declaration. Employees who perform any work — whether in the office or from a remote site or home — are entitled to pay. Employers should be especially careful with exempt employees, who must be paid their salary for the entire workweek if they do any work during the workweek."

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    Rachel Amos
    The Senate

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