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Salaried, exempt employees must be paid the same salary whether they work one hour in a given week or 100. An employer cannot require an exempt employee to make up "missed" hours. (The hours aren't really missed, because you work over 40 hours per week already.) They are allowed to require employees to use paid time off when work is missed, if there is a handbook or other policy that says they can. The law doesn't require an employer to provide paid time off at all, and if they didn't, they couldn't dock your pay for the hours you were gone. But they can require you to use paid time off, if there is something in writing that says they can. Ask for a copy of the paid time off policy. If it allows your employer to pull from your vacation time to cover partial day absences, there is nothing in the law that prohibits it.
Here is more information from the Department of Labor:
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