Atlanta, GA asked in Employment Law for North Carolina

Q: I’m a salaried exempt employee. I recently missed a few days from being sick. My employer docked my pay for those days.

In prior companies my pay was not docked for documented sick days. So I’m not sure if it was out of courtesy or because they were required to. We do have a PTO plan but I’m new to this role so I’m unable to use any.

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A: If you miss one or more full days of work (and PTO is currently unavailable to you), then your employer can reduce your pay proportionally to value of each day missed. For example, if you work Monday through Friday and typically make $1,000 per week, and you are absent on Monday, your employer can reduce your salary by $200 that week. However, if you work any part of a day, you must be paid for the full day.

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