South Saint Paul, MN asked in Employment Law for Minnesota

Q: Forced to use vacation time or no pay

While at work we were sent home early because our work system was compromised and we were told we would not be working the following day as well and we would have to either use vacation time or not get paid I was wondering if that is something they are allowed to do or are they suppose to be taking care of us so we don’t have to use up our vacation time?

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Rhiannon Herbert
Rhiannon Herbert

A: Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, employers are only required to pay their employees for time worked. While most employers offer some form of paid time off as well, this is not required. In this situation, since you haven't performed any work on these days, the FLSA does not require that you be paid for this time. But you should check your employee handbook to see if there are any provisions that govern what it supposed to happen in this situation if employees are sent home.

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