How You Pay Staff For Rain Days??

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by aquamtic, Jan 16, 2006.

  1. aquamtic

    aquamtic LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 303

    Would like to get some feedback on how your policy works for rain days.
    To this point we have only employed 2 full times along with the two business owners. have managed to always pay for the rain day. Rain day to us is when its completely down pouring and nothing really can be done.

    I have heard diffeent opinions

    Full Paid
    Paid but made up
    Not Paid and made up
    Overtime hours for that week make up rain days
  2. Dirty Water

    Dirty Water LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,799

    No pay for raindays here, but we don't take them either.
  3. JeffY

    JeffY LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 324

    No rain day pay here either. If it's only 1 day a week, usually doesn't affect too much...the guys get a little break. But if it happens more than 2 days, then usually work on Saturdays. We'll just work longer hours than normal and overtime pay will cover that rain day.
  4. Flatbed

    Flatbed LawnSite Member
    from Iowa
    Posts: 39

    We use rain days to clean equipment, service trucks, clean shop, clean the trailer, re-stock inventory. I only have three guys, plus myself, so its not that big of a deal. I also try and save some service for the install crew on rain days.
  5. Broker

    Broker LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 382

    Take Flatbeds advice. **** I am going to work for you. The only way someone that works for me and gets paid on a rain day is if they are on salary.
  6. JeffY

    JeffY LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 324

    We have 15 workers during the busy season. On rainy days, only 2-3 workers go in to clean shop and do some repairs on equipment that need it. Everyone else gets the day off. 15 guys getting paid to do nothing on a rainy day will bankrupt the company quick if there's a lot of rainy days.
  7. bicmudpuppy

    bicmudpuppy LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,781

    I've been making a living in this industry for over 25 years now, and I've never been paid for bad weather unless there was work to be done. If its a mid season rain day, the day off is usually needed. If God offers you a break take it. If it rains on day 2, have you cleaned your truck out lately? You might see a half day of work. If you miss day 3, plan on having to bust your but for the next two weeks once it quit raining so, go home kiss the wife, enjoy your easy chair. Your not going to see much of either for a while when the rain stops. And even if your on salary, it has always seemed to work the same. I was working at a golf course in Nebraska when my wife became pregnant with our second child. The doctor tried to start counting from a date in July. I politely told him that wasn't possible, but it did rain in June! The doc's being much more educated than me, stuck with the July date and we were blessed with a daughter born 2 weeks "early" with complications because she was 2 weeks "late". I was working 100+ hour weeks that spring/summer. It rained for 3 days in a row in June. Doesn't take a genuis to figure that one out :) That would have been in '94. At that time, it was one of the worst spring droughts in recent memory.
  8. allinearth

    allinearth LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 609

    Cool story. Do you plan to tell your kids? Wouldn't you be wondering if the Doc's time was right?:waving:
  9. lawncare18

    lawncare18 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 742

    Gota love those 100 plus hours a week on a golf course.. and of course all the irrigation problems come about when there is no rain for weeks...
  10. bicmudpuppy

    bicmudpuppy LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,781

    I was there at the infant ICU for the pediatric specialist to explain the problems because she was very late, and I never actually questioned the timing anyway. I have teased the wife about the UPS guy on several occasions. It's a great way to test what kind of mood she is in before I ask for a new "toy" or something!:D

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