During the COVID-19 crisis, many exempt employees have been furloughed and on occasion instructed to “work” from home. Often the employer will ask these employees to perform minor tasks, thinking that because the task is so insignificant they do not need to pay the applicable salary. The employers are wrong!
Both California and federal law require that employers pay exempt employees “performing any work during a week their full weekly salary if they do not work the full week because the employer failed to make work available.”
In other words, employers are required to pay their furloughed salaried employees their full salary any week they perform any work – no matter how brief or how minor the task. Even if a salaried employee only works 10 minutes for the week, he or she is owed the full week of pay. Failing to provide full payment may also result in additional violations and damages.
The Carter Law Firm can help you recover your full salary for any week you performed any task, no matter how minor, while on furlough due to COVID-19. We only get paid if you do.
If you have been asked to do anything while on furlough but have not been paid your full weekly salary, contact us online or call (949) 239-0419 for a free consultation.