Cleveland, OH asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for Ohio

Q: can my employer force me to work 24 hrs. then use my PTO to cover the other 16 hrs. of the 40 hr.week? I am a salaried

exempt employee. i thought no matter how many hours i work i am guaranteed my salary.

1 Lawyer Answer
Rhiannon Herbert
Rhiannon Herbert
  • Employment Law Lawyer
  • Columbus, OH
  • Licensed in Ohio

A: This depends on whether you performed work on days your employer required you to use your PTO. Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, employers may take deductions from a salary exempt employee's earnings if you are absent from work for one or more FULL days for personal reasons other than sickness or disability. For example, if you are absent from work for one full day, and you typically work 8 hours in a day, your employer may deduct these 8 hours from your pay. However, your employer may NOT take deductions if you were absent from work for less than one full day. For example, if you take the morning off and come in during the afternoon, your employer cannot take any deductions.

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