In addition to considerations under federal law, employers with employees in California should consider additional wage and hour issues that are unique to California. The Labor Commissioner’s Office has issued an FAQ to provide guidance on issues related to COVID-19.
If an exempt salaried employee performs any work during the week, that employee should be paid their salaried wage for the entire week. An employer’s obligations for non-exempt employees, however, are more specific. While generally, employers are not required to pay non-exempt employees for hours not worked, there are certain circumstances under California law when employers may have to pay non-exempt employees even for time not worked.