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AT THE OFFICE: Can a company dock pay for the days it's closed?

Published 03/09/2009, Newsday

Q. I normally work 40 hours a week at my new job in collections. I worked four hours of overtime one week and expected to be paid for the extra time. But our human resources director said I will not get paid for these hours because I am an exempt employee. I am not a manager nor do I make any critical decisions for the company. And I don't need a professional degree for my job. Please explain how I can be considered exempt. Also, I was docked for Christmas Day and New Year's Day because the office was closed. I couldn't have worked even if I wanted to. Is this legal?

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