Can an employer force you to take a vacation day if you are salaried exempt?

My position with the company is the Operations Manager. I handle all accounting, cashflow projections, and oversee the operations of 3 full-time employees and 2 part-time employees. I had requested a vacation day, in advance for a Friday. After returning from my Friday off, I calculated the hours I had worked to generate payroll. I noticed that I had 40.2 hours before adding in my vacation day. I told my employer that I wanted to retract my vacation day since I already put in 40 hours. Her exact response was,

Asked on September 27, 2018 under Employment Labor Law, Ohio

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

Unless you have an employment contract or union agreement, you are an "at will' worker. This means that your company can set the conditions of the workplace much as it sees fit (absent some form of legally actionable discriminaton). Further, vacation time is not legally mandated. This means that to the extent that your employer chooses to provide it, it has a great deal of say over when it is used.


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