Got called in for jury duty. As an FLSA-exempt employee, can an employer require me to take unpaid leave?
I got called in for jury duty. I am a salaried, exempt employee in IA. My employer is not trying to prevent me from taking the time off for jury duty, but they are saying that I would have to take unpaid leave during that time (or else use PTO, which I am out of for the remainder of the year). I am pretty sure this is in violation of the FLSA's provisions for exempt employees
The law seems pretty clear on this, though my employer didn't seem to read it that way when I mentioned it, but as with most questions of interpretation I am sure there are a number of legally-creative ways to get around this - such as mandating that I work additional hours later to make up my missed time, which I believe they can do (although whether they should is maybe a different question).
So, I guess I'm wondering where the line is drawn, whether this is something worth pressing for, and also in what ways an employer could effectively get around the requirements in the law referenced above. They were nice enough about addressing my concerns and I'll just suck up and deal with it unless my rights are pretty clearly being violated.
TINLA, YANML, etc. Just looking for some affirmation or anecdotal experience right now.