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  • Extempt employee, on PTO, available by cell? Minnesota

    I am an extempt employee for a large company in MN. I was out sick Thurs and Fri on PTO and had called in both mornings as required. There was an issue at work and my boss was unable to reach me by cell or email and is furious. He requested I forward him some email traffic, but I was so sick I just went back to bed. He has sent me an email stating he requested I do something and I didn't I didn't comply and we will 'discuss' this next week. Are there guidelines in MN concerning PTO and availability?? I was really to sick to sit up at my laptop without puking!

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    If you're asking whether there's a law that says your boss can't call you at home or ask you to forward an e-mail, there is none. If you'd ended up doing work while you were out sick, depending on how much time it took, the question then becomes whether you should be charged a full day of PTO.
    I am not able to respond to private messages. Thanks!

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      I guess my question today is, can I be disciplined for NOT doing work while on PTO? Even if asked?

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        Originally posted by Jeeplady View Post
        I guess my question today is, can I be disciplined for NOT doing work while on PTO? Even if asked?
        There is no law that stops an employer from doing that.

        Now if you get fired over this, the unemployment folks are, IMO, likely to rule in your favor. You were sick. You had notified the company that you were sick. It would be a stretch to state that misconduct, which is what the company would have to prove if they fired you, is not working when you are too ill to do so.
        Senior Professional in Human Resources and Certified Staffing Professional with over 30 years experience. Any advice provided is based upon experience and education, but does not constitute legal advice.

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          Yes, they can discipline you - this would fall under unfair but legal.
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