When a salaried employee must be disciplined, does the company have to suspend the employee for a full week without pay?

The week-long suspension is often the last chance disciplinary action before termination. Unpaid suspensions are used as a final attempt to improve an employee’s behavior. This action brings to light the financial consequences of continued behavior issues – an adult timeout, in effect.

There are no legal requirements for the length of suspension and the policy is determined by the employer. It is best that a formal definition of progressive discipline be in place and that the process is followed for all employees. Union contracts can override the company’s intent.

Hope that helps you out. =)

A note about HR laws:
Laws concerning employee treatment, benefits, hiring and firing…etc are multi-level. What this means is that there are Federal laws, state laws and sometimes local regulations that have jurisdiction over an employee. The information presented here should not be considered legal advice. Ultimately, employers with serious legal questions should consult local attorneys with expertise in worker relations.
The questions and answers presented here are based on research and data from internet sources and should not be considered the final word.

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