Steve Duggan replies:
In responding to this question, I am assuming that the employee is not an exempt employee since he or she is paid by the hour. If that is so, an employee can be suspended without pay for any reasonable amount of time as discipline. Likewise, the hourly pay of an employee can also be reduced, so long as he or she is paid at least the minimum wage under state or federal law (whichever is greater). There are different rules which can be quite complex for exempt employees. An employer would be well-advised to get advice from an employment law professional before docking or reducing the pay of an exempt employee.
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