Define Work for Salaried Employees
I have a dilemma about salaried employees and what constitutes actual compensable work. My specific scenario is that last week, a salaried employee called in to say that his basement had flooded and that he would not be coming in to work. I advised that he submit an application for annual leave. The employee countered by saying that although he was not at work, he monitored his email for a few hours in the morning while he was cleaning out his basement, and therefore he should be paid for the day. When asked what it meant to monitor his email, he replied that he checked to see if any important messages had come in.
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How does one define and quantify actual work for employees on salaried status, especially after the fact?