No, you’re not required to pay this employee through the end of the week. The general requirement to pay a salaried, exempt employee for the full week doesn’t apply in the first or last week of employment if the employee didn’t work the full week. Instead, you may pay a proportionate part of their full salary based on the time they actually worked that week. This deduction is allowed under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
Answer from Brody, PHR, SHRM-CP:
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