I am a salaried employee with no option to get overtime. We are being instructed that we need to flex down to 32 hours each week for the next two weeks. My workload isn't reducing, but my hours to do them in has.
A salaried exempt employee must be paid for a full work week even if the employer asks the employee to stay home some of the days. However, in that case the employer can require an employee to use accrued vacation for the days the employee didn't work. So yes, an employer can require an employee to use accrued vacation days involuntarily. See this DOL opinion letter that seems to directly address your question https://www.dol.gov/whd/opinion/FLSA/2009/2009_01_14_02_FLSA.pdf. This all assumes that you are correctly classified as salaried and exempt from overtime, but many employees that are not supervisors or managers are incorrectly classified as salaried exempt. You may want to consult with an experienced Virginia employment attorney to review your situation to double check if you are classified correctly, since if you are not you may be able to recover back overtime and other damages.
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Yes. And employer can reduce hours; an employer can insist vacation time either be taking all lost
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