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I am an exempt employee at a firm based in Virginia. We are contractors to DoD and my worksite is in the Pentagon. On the afternoon of January 22, and all day January 25 and 26, all federal offices in the DC area were shut down. My firm requires that we either telework or exhaust all of our personal/sick and vacation leave before they allow the use of leave without pay. I am unable to do some of my work at home because I require access to secured DoD data systems.
Can the company require the use of accrued leave when the worksite is closed?
Submitted: 2 years ago.Category: Employment Law
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Hello,

Thank you for the information and your question. Unfortunately, since there is no State nor Federal law that requires an employer to even offer paid leave (other than rules for Government employees), an employer is free to set the terms and conditions of the accrual and use of any paid leave that they do offer. That means that they can require that an employee's paid leave be used to pay the employee for the days the business is closed regardless of the reason.

One interesting sidenote though that is a Catch-22 of sorts, is if the employer did not offer paid leave, they could not deduct wages from an exempt employee for days they were closed due to inclement weather. But again, as long as they offer paid leave, they can use it first to offset the day off due to absence for any reason unless the leave policy states differently.

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