Tag: exempt employees

Question: Is an exempt employee in California who spends 15 minutes answering emails while on vacation using a work day or a vacation day? Answer: If the exempt employee worked any amount of time for the day, it is considered a work day and the employee must be paid for the full day. However, you…

Question: If a holiday falls on an employee’s non-work day, can the employee take another day off in lieu of the holiday or does he just lose the day off? Answer: If the employee is exempt from overtime rules (managers, directors, other exempt positions), the company is not required to adjust the employee’s schedule to accommodate the…

Question:  Can an employer require exempt employees to use a vacation day or unpaid time off if the employer closes the office and does not want to pay for an additional holiday? Answer:  According to the Federal Department of Labor (DOL), the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) does not require payment for time not worked, such as…

Question:  What are the requirements for paying exempt staff for time taken on a business trip out of the country? Answer:  The quick answer is that an employer is only responsible to pay exempt employees their regular salary for any time worked (or traveled).  There is no requirement under the Fair Labor Standards Act to…

Question:  Are employers required to pay salaried exempt employees for days off? Is there a written guideline stating if an employee is entitled to salary, regardless of the hours worked per week? Answer:  Exempt employees must be paid on a salary basis, which means they get paid a set amount for the week regardless of…

Question:  Can an employer require that an employee take 2 weeks of unpaid vacation each year? Answer: Yes.  When employers are looking for ways to cut costs due to slow times in their operations, many do use mandatory “furloughs” as a means to cut costs without cutting jobs.   This is an acceptable employment practice as long…