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We are an Ohio engineering firm with one employee in San Diego,

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We are an Ohio engineering firm with one employee in San Diego, who also is the registered professional and obviously manager of that office. He neglected to turn in his time sheets as of 2/26 despite several warnings, and now demands that he get paid for hours he claims he worked. He is a regularly scheduled 32 hour/week person. Full time is not needed in that office due to workload. Any ideas? I am the in-house attorney for the company here in Ohio. Thanks
Good afternoon Counselor,

I'm Doug, and I'm very sorry to hear of your situation. My goal is to provide you with excellent service today.

Is this professional a salary exempt employee, or hourly?

Customer: replied 4 years ago.


Good afternoon James,

Thanks for the additional information.

As a salary exempt employee, he is entitled to his salary and no overtime---regardless of whether he works one hour, or 80 hours in a given week. The fact that he fails to follow instructions and timely file the time sheets does not allow the employer to withhold his salary, under CA law.

While the employer is certainly able to punish him for being neglectful of his duties, and even terminate him for insubordination---presuming he does not have a contract which would prevent that---wages may not be withheld to coerce the doing of something that he should have already done.

You may reply back to me again, using the Reply to Expert link, if you have additional questions.

I wish you the best in your future,

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Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Thanks Doug. certainly not the answer we would have liked to have heard, but one we expected given the preliminary research we did from back here. We were hoping his exempt professional, administrative, executive status might have given some leverage here...but apparently not. Thanks

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