Here is my employer's official policy in case of severe weather:
There may be a need for management to request employees to arrive in advance of their shift in order to assure adequate staffing and is free to use their time as they see fit, they will not be paid for those hours. If an employee needs to remain on site following their shift and is free to sleep or use their time until the beginning of the next shift, they will not be paid until they begin work again. If called to work, then the employee would return to full pay status.
My question is - is it legal to require workers to be on site but not compensated? My manager is trying to require hourly employees to spend the night (12 hours) "just in case" we can't make it in the morning, but offering no compensation for it, completely off the clock. Or does the word "request" in the official policy imply it can only be that and can not be required as my manager is attempting to do.