Hi, thanks for submitting your question today. If she is paid on an hourly basis and was on administrative leave (i.e., she would have worked but for the administrative leave) then she is not owed wage
for the hours she did not work. Administrative leave is only paid leave when the employer voluntarily designates it as such. From my experience, if management is fairly confident that they are going to terminate the employee, the employer will not designate the leave as paid; unless there is a union contract in place that all leave must be paid.
However, she would be owed unemployment
compensation from the date of beginning of the administrative leave because the employer did not provide wage in those weeks. Most people mistakenly believe they are not owed unemployment until they are officially terminated; but that's not true. When the employer substantially cuts hours, the employee can file for unemployment.
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