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I work for a Charter School in Texas, and I am an exempt employee.

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I work for a Charter School in Texas, and I am an exempt employee. I do not have a contract, I am considered "at will". Part of our employee handbook says disciplinary action can be taken ie. suspended w/o pay. Does my school have an exception to the Fair Labor Standards Act?

Thank you for the information and your question. Although the general rule under the FLSA for exempt employees is that the employee must be paid their full salary in any week that they work at all, there are exceptions. One of those exceptions is that the employer may deduct wages for a disciplinary suspension of one or more full days imposed in good faith for workplace conduct rule infractions. You can see what the DOL says about deductions in detail, by going to:

If the employee though files a wage complaint based on a deduction of this type, the burden of proof would be on the employer to show that they provided advance notice to employees of this possibility and that the workplace rule was violated.

Please let me know if you need any clarification. I would be glad to assist you further if I can.
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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Can they do this for tardiness? What are the situations they can do this?

Only those types of events that are discussed the the DOL are allowed in terms of deductions. That would not include tardiness. You can see the complete discussion, which is too lengthy to provide here, by going to:

The employer though still has the right to take other nonmonetary disciplinary actions for tardiness, as long as those actions don't violate a contract or school policy.

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