(Closed) Laws Regarding Pay-Input Please

posted 6 years ago in Career
Post # 3
5423 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2012

I know here in PA if you take half a day they will dock you for it (depending on the employer).  If you work for an employer that operates in several states there may be a different set of rules.  My advice is to check your handbook.

Post # 5
12973 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

In my job, you get paid for what you work.  Ifyou don’t do your 8 (or 9 or 10) hours, then you don’t get paid.

Post # 7
10367 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

@Treejewel19: I just moved to CA from MA and am not up on stuff, but in MA we had special “personal days” set apart from sick or vacation leave that was to be used specifically for this purpose. We could use it in half day increments. Something as minor as coming in an hour and a half late wouldn’t need to be deducted as long as you made it up/didn’t make it a habit.

I think if you are salaried, most jobs give you leeway (most people who are salaried work way more than 40 hrs/wk in my field at least!). But, I’m not really sure whether that’s the boss’ discretion or not in CA? What field of work are you in? I’m a scientist who does experiments (as opposed to a manager who sits at a computer all day) so coming in for a half day would really hinder how much work I could get done that day, as experiments need multiple hours to run. While my boss would be flexible with me if it was a once in a blue moon kind of thing, they definitely wouldn’t be ok with me doing it all the time.

If I were in your shoes, I likely would have come in at 11 and then stayed late, and then worked a little extra the following day to make up anything I didn’t get done. Did you do that? Or did you make it clear to your boss that you were willing to do it?

Post # 8
9142 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL


They can help you determine if what your employer is doing is illegal and if it is, they can help you do something about it.  (Retaliation for filing an NLRB claim is illegal as well.)

Post # 9
1659 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I’m not sure about CA but in WA, as an exempt employee, you either need to take PTO for time missed or you need to go without pay for that time missed. It sounds like your boss is acting within his rights – he would rather pay you out of PTO or not pay you, than pay you to not be at work. 

Post # 12
963 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@Treejewel19:  I read your OP a couple of times and I’m not sure why you think he may be forcing you to take the day off because he doesn’t want to pay you? Can you please explain that?

It sounds to me like he’s telling you that if you can’t work the full day during normal business hours, you’ll have to take a full day off because he can’t legally give you a half-day off.

Post # 14
963 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@Treejewel19:  Oh okay, now I understand the issue, thanks for clarifying. It sounds like he may be circumventing the law then. Have you tried speaking to a lawyer or a representative from your state labor board? A lawyer can usually give a free consultation and can at least give you a good idea of whether this policy is illegal and what a realistic outcome to legal action or filing a complaint would be.

You might also speak with the HR rep at your company to clarify the policy. It’s possible that he’s not awareof the law regarding half-days/partial work days. Even if he is aware, emailing HR for clarification on the policy (and CC’ing him on the email) may take care of the problem or at least strengthen your case for illegal conduct.

Post # 15
16213 posts
Honey Beekeeper

I’m closing this thread at the request of the OP.

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