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Punishing exempt worker who exceeds leave time

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Q. Can we deduct something from an exempt employee’s pay if he takes time off, comes in late or leaves early after he’s used up all of his leave time? —  M.C., Virginia

A. If you have an established policy, you can charge back against an employee’s bank of sick time for his or her time off, lateness or early leaving that’s related to illness. Once that bank is exhausted, you can only deduct full-day absences.

Whenever exempt employees work any part of the workday, you must pay them for that full day. You’re not permitted to discipline the offending employee by docking his or her pay. While you should turn to your progressive-discipline policy instead, you can only suspend without pay in whole-week increments!

(To read our free white paper, Designing a Progressive Discipline Policy, go to www.theHRSpecialist.com/

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