We recently had a power outage at work around 2:00pm. When we verified with the utility company that there was a 3% chance power would be restored before 11:00pm, we made the decision to send employees home. We also called 2nd shift employees and advised them that they did not need to report to work as a result of the power outage.
My understanding is that in Minnesota, employers are not required to pay employees for hours lost as a result of a power outage outside of the employer's control. We did advise our employees that they could use vacation time if they desired to make up for the hours lost. In Minnesota, employers are only required to pay employees for actual hours worked. Am I correct?
Also, my understanding is that Minnesota does not have a reporting time pay rule. Can anyone verify this?