Is it legal for employers to suspend an employee for 5 days for calling out sick for 1 day?

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Is it legal for employers to suspend an employee for 5 days for calling out sick for 1 day?

Asked on January 16, 2013 under Employment Labor Law, Maryland

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

With the exception of certain professions (airline pilots, some medical personnel, etc), there is no limit to how many days in a row that a person can legally be scheduled to work. This is true whether they are full or part-time.

That having been said, a non-exempt employee (i.e. hourly) is subject to overtime for any hours that they may work over 40. Such overtime  is to be paid at 1 1/2 the employee's hourly rate (i.e. "time and a half").


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