Can employer change pay without notice?

Can an employer change your salary after you have signed your contract without notifying you?

Steve Duggan replies:

It depends on the “contract.” If you have a contract to be paid a certain amount for a specified term of months or years, then your employer cannot change your salary during that period unilaterally, without breaching the contract. If you agree to take on a job at a specified salary, but without a specified term, then you are probably an employee at will and your employer can change your salary, but only after notice to you. Under both State and Federal law, no employer can change your salary for any hours you worked before you were given notice! If this happened to you, you should consult the Department of Labor or a similar state agency, or with a local employment attorney about your rights.

Posted 12-15-2015

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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.