Spreading the Holiday Cheer with Temporary Closings

Many businesses shut down for specific periods of time over the holidays. Often this is due to a reduction in the amount of available work and/or a reduction in available staffing. In some cases, such as the entertainment industry, it is a standard practice. However, most businesses are not aware that these types of temporary closings or layoffs can be a trap for the unwary employer. Indeed, the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE) generally maintains that a temporary layoff must be treated as a termination unless the employee is given a return to work date within the same pay period. Put differently, if an employee is temporarily laid off without a specified return date within the same pay period, the DLSE asserts that all wages owed to the employee should be paid on the day of the layoff. If the employee will return to work for the employer within the same pay period, any wages owed may be paid on the next regular pay day.

Happy holidays!

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