Q. One of our salaried employees is pregnant. She brought in a doctor’s note that says she can work only six hours per day. Can I either reduce her pay or have her work six days a week?
A. If the employee’s reduction in hours is covered under the(it probably is), then you are permitted to deduct pay for the hours she misses without jeopardizing her exempt status under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
Accordingly, you need only pay her for six hours per day if that is all she is working.
- Feel free to deny employees' FMLA leave requests that aren't legitimate under the law
- OK to terminate pregnant employee sometimes; the PDA merely requires equal treatment
- Employee acting as her own lawyer? Prepare for a long slog through the legal system
- Reinstate employees right after leave; don't delay
- Employee has used all FMLA leave? Assess disability status before terminating