Division of Labor and Industry


Temporary Closures, Snow Days, Etc.: Not Compensable - The Maryland Guide to Wage Payment and Employment Standards


An employer may temporarily close its business for any reason and for any length of time without offering special compensation to non-exempt employees who cannot go to work as a result. This is commonly true, for example, during snow emergencies. However, for salaried employees who fit the definition of Executive, Administrative or Professional (defined in this Guide at paragraph V. B.), and who are ready, willing, and able to work, deductions may not be made for time when work is not available. Doing so will remove this category of employee from exempt salary status, entitling the worker to payment of overtime.

[See, also, paragraph VI. B. concerning Displaced Workers and Reductions in Force].