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Don’t dock hours from salaried employee’s pay

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Q. We have a salaried employee who holds down a second job. Sometimes, she leaves early on Fridays and comes in late on Mondays because the second job overlaps with our office hours. Can we deduct anything from her pay after she has used up her vacation and leave time? Or do we have to pay her even though she leaves early and comes in late? —D.J., Virginia

A. You can't deduct anything from a salaried employee's pay simply because she leaves early and comes in late. The correct way to handle this situation is to discipline her in some other way. For example, present her with a written disciplinary memo, suspend her without pay and/or put her on probation. When disciplining a salaried employee for any reason, docking pay is usually not the right answer. 

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