Pay For Salaried Time Off?

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about docking a salaried employee:

I have three of my office staff on salary. One of my gals has gone over her sick leave and vacation leave for the year. Our controller does not want to pay her for time taken off last week due to her baby being in the hospital for asthma. Can an employer dock an employee who is on “salary” for going over on time off?

Signed, Office Manager

Dear Office Manager:

What does your employee handbook say about this? If nothing’s there, what have you done in the past under similar circumstances? The key is to be fair and consistent. If it is documented the amount of sick leave and vacation leave employees have and she is over, then she doesn’t get paid for it. Make sure you tell her before you do this. Also make sure communication is open and clear.

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