Law firms Related documents Home health care agency didn't violate wage law by docking PTO, court says.
Ruling is first of its kind by an appeals court.
March 15 (Reuters) - Paid time off that workers accumulate is not a part of their salary under U.S. wage law, meaning employers can take away paid leave when salaried workers do not meet productivity quotas, a federal appeals court ruled on Wednesday.
Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously ruled that Bayada Home Health Care Inc did not violate federal wage law by docking salaried employees' paid time off, or PTO, when they did not work required weekly hours.
The case marked the first time that a U.S. appeals court was asked whether paid time off counts as part of an employee's salary.
The question is important because salaried workers can become eligible for overtime pay if employers make deductions from their wages.
A group of Bayada employees, including nurses, physical therapists and social workers, sued the company in Scranton, Pennsylvania federal court in 2016. »