I am an exempt employee. My company permits us to take vacation in 4 hour allotments. Requests for vacation are made in advance and approved. Payroll is done every two weeks. Our week starts on a Monday and ends on Sunday for payroll purposes. All employees, even those of us who are exempt must clock in and out.
On a given week, I requested and was approved for 8 hours of vacation. As it worked out, do to my workload, I actually worked 40 hours in four days. The HR person is telling me that although I worked 40 hours, I still need to take my 8 hours of vacation in order to take this Friday off. I have been classified as an exempt employee for the past 25 years. No other employer has ever asked me to take accrued vacation when I have already worked 40 hours in a given workweek. BTW, I worked 40 hours the week before, so I am not short hours in the pay period.
Is this legal? The HR person is telling me that all exempt employees are expected to work more than 40 hours a week. Typically I work 42-44 hours each week, because the work never ends. Can a company require me to take vacation even when I have fulfilled my 40 hour requirement?
Thanks in advance for your reply.