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    I work in a recovery room and am scheduled to work 7.5 hrs. per day. While there is work in other parts of the hospital,of which I am qualified,is it OK for my employer to send me home early when surgeries are cancelled even though I am scheduled to work 7.5 hrs? I have stated that I would work somewhere else in the hospital. They give you the choice to be unpaid or use PTO time. If you don't have PTO time, and you can't afford to take unpaid time, what are you to do?

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    Yes, it is legal for them to send you home, even if you are willing to work elsewhere in the hospital. Unless you have a bona fide contract that guarantees you a certain number of hours in a given day, they have no obligation to see that you work a full shift if they don't have work for you.
    The above answer, whatever it is, assumes that no legally binding and enforceable contract or CBA says otherwise. If it does, then the terms of the contract or CBA apply.


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      However, if you are an exempt employee, although they can make you use PTO to offset the difference, if you are out of PTO they would have to pay you your full day's salary anyway.

      If you are nonexempt (basically, hourly-paid), they are not required to do so.
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