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Salaried vs. Hourly Employment/Vacation

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I have a few questions regarding salaried employment and
taking vacation time. Pertains to the state of Rhode Island.

1. Is there a law that addresses salaried employment? Is it
legal to be salaried as long as you work your standard
hours per week but receive no overtime or comp. time for
work over your standard hours, and get a reduction in pay
for hour worked under your standard time? (Example:
Standard workweek is 38 hours (banking hours). If I work
the standard 38 hours or greater than 38 hours, I receive
the same paycheck. If I work less than 38 hours, my
paycheck is reduced.) It seems that I am salaried/hourly
depending on what is convenient for the company I work for.

2. I have 2 weeks of vacation per year. This vacation time
is broken down by the hour. When taking vacation, my
company charges vacation time based on the workday in which
I take it. The time charged does not reflect my work hours
but that of another departments. (Example: If I work 8
hours on Friday but another department works 10 hours on
Friday and then I take a vacation day on Friday, I am
charged 10 hours of vacation. I have essentially lost 2
hours of vacation out of the two weeks that I am supposed
to have.) Shouldn't I only be charged the 8 hours I
typically work on Friday?



You are going to have to either look up your State's wage and hour laws on the web, go to the library or call your State's Wage & Hour division for an opinion. Your first step will be to make sure you are classified correctly -- salaried or hourly. Depending on which you are, you will have to check everything out closely -- i.e., fluctuating workweek, etc.

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