Can my manager change my hours without notice?

I have been working the same hours for two years. Now my manager wants to change my hours without any notice, is this legal?

Steve Duggan replies:

Unless you have a contract with the employer that says your hours cannot be changed, then its manager can generally change your hours without notice. It would certainly not be respectful or professional to do so without some advance warning and explanation, but the law does not require that. Of course, in some circumstances, if the adverse action of changing work hours was motivated by some form of illegal motivation, such as race, disability, gender, or retaliation, then the law would be violated. If you feel that such a motivation may be present, I recommend that you contact your HR representative. If unable to do so for some reason, then you should contact a local employment attorney.

Posted 10-10-2017

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About the Author:

Steve Duggan graduated from the Law School at the University of Notre Dame while on active duty in the Air Force. He has extensive experience representing management litigating cases of wrongful termination, employment discrimination, and sexual harassment. Steve also has experience in all phases of administrative litigation of unfair labor practice charges, and class and individual complaints of employment discrimination. He has been an instructor of seminars for supervisors and managers on labor management relations and other personnel issues, and for lawyers in basic and advanced trial advocacy courses. Steve came on board with Fair Measures in 1998.