My employer is threatening to withhold pay increases [or impose] disciplinary action if we do not acquire a mass hoisting license. I was hired without it; it was not in my job description. Are they allowed to do this?

Posted  01-09-2013

Steve Duggan replies:

The simple answer is probably “yes”. Unless you have collective bargaining rights as part of a union or a specific contract for a period of time, you are likely an employee at will. In such a case, Employers can impose new conditions of employment, so long as they are not violating the law in some way. The job description you had when you were hired would not limit the employer’s right in this regard. And, I can’t see how this would be a violation of any laws I am familiar with.


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