Q. You've said that a company can't deduct a half-day for an
A. The Labor Department has indicated that it's OK to deduct from accrued-leave banks in part-day increments when an employee is absent for less than one full day, as long as the employee receives an amount equal to his or her fixed weekly salary. Several courts (including the 9th and 10th Circuits) have essentially adopted Labor's position. In contrast, at least one court (the 7th Circuit) has said that part-day deductions from accrued leave banks violate the salary basis test. Because of this conflicting legal authority, you should consult with your labor attorney on the issue.