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Thank you for the information and your question. Unfortunately, since there is no State nor Federal law that requires an employer to even offer paid leave (other than rules for Government employees), an employer is free to set the terms and conditions of the accrual and use of any paid leave that they do offer. That means that they can require that an employee's paid leave be used to pay the employee for the days the business is closed regardless of the reason.
One interesting sidenote though that is a Catch-22 of sorts, is if the employer did not offer paid leave, they could not deduct wages from an exempt employee for days they were closed due to inclement weather. But again, as long as they offer paid leave, they can use it first to offset the day off due to absence for any reason unless the leave policy states differently.
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