Are there different guidlines for different salary people with time off?

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Are there different guidlines for different salary people with time off?

I am a Purchasing Manager at a small company. I am salary. Last week my Mother passed. On Monday I called into work. Tuesday I already had a vacation day scheduled. I ended up taking the full week as she passed on Wednesday. Per company policy I received 3 days of bereavement pay and my one day of vacation pay. I was sent a text asking if I wanted my check to be cut short or if I wanted to take vacation time.
My issue is I was told that because I don’t supervise anyone, I fall under a different set of labor guidelines than my peers who have 4 or more people that report to them. In other words, they would not have been docked pay as I was. Is that correct?

Asked on August 28, 2019 under Employment Labor Law, Kentucky


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

It's not clear why you feel you are being docked pay. If we understand you correctly, you took 5 days (the full week) off. You used one, pre-scheduled day of vacation and received 3 days of bereavement pay per company policy: that is 4 days total. But you took 5 days off, so there is one day "unaccounted" for. The law does not require employers to pay employees for not working; therefore, your choices would be to use another vacation day and be paid for the full week, or to receive a paycheck for the week that is short by one day.

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