Our organization currently has traditional vacation and sick banks, we don't have PTO. Exempt employees are required to use either accrued vacation or sick time from their banks if arriving late or leaving early. If for instance I want to leave 30 minutes early to go to a game, I would have to use 30 minutes from my vacation bank. Obviously, we don't dock pay if the exempt employee doesn't have any vacation or sick time left as that could cause us to lose the exemption statuses.
We are considering loosening our exempt partial day time off guidelines and stating that partial day deductions for exempt employees can only be taken in increments equal to or greater than a 1/2 day (4 hours).
I am curious as to best practices in other organizations. Is a minimum of 1/2 day deductions typical?
How should we handle abusers in our exempt population? Should we leave it up to manager discretion whether to use time in less than 1/2 day increments on a case by case basis, or make it consistent that any time taken under a 1/2 day isn't to be taken from any accrued bank?