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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Ohio on
Q: Can an employer reduce the pay rate of your final paycheck to minimum wage if you do not provide two weeks notice?

For context, employees are required to sign for this policy.

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Rebecca Hill answered on May 4, 2022

Ohio is an at-will state, meaning that an employer can change the terms and conditions of the employees employment for any reason or no reason at all. This means that an employer could implement a policy reducing hourly rates if an employee fails to provide a two weeks' notice as long as the... Read more »

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Q: I was fired for retaliation by the owner of the restaurant I worked for what can I do

Basically when I worked at this place the owner after working a 14 or 15 hour day screwed up taking my money at the end of the night when I told him about this he pretty much told me too bad this is the way it’s gonna be and also refused to give me my Tips I then contacted his boss who in turn... Read more »

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Rebecca Hill answered on May 4, 2022

You should speak to an attorney and have your case evaluated. Your employer may have violated federal and Ohio wage and hour laws by withholding your tips. While tip pooling arrangements are permissible, management and supervisory personnel are not permitted to participate. Federal and Ohio wage... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Tax Law and Employment Law for Arizona on
Q: Have I been misclassified as independent contractor ? I have been running a business for someone for 8 yrs .

I only receive commission & 1099. I am asking for reimbursement for all necessary spending & maintenance costs as I’m out of pocket for all. I have had no time off, no health care , no overtime tho I am solely responsible for the business . I sign all client contracts as rep for... Read more »

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Rebecca Hill answered on Apr 26, 2022

You should call and attorney and request a case evaluation. Whether a 1099 independent contractor is misclassified is a fact specific analysis based on a number of factors.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Ohio on
Q: Pay from Employer

I was recently offered a promotion at my job that included a monthly bonus and hourly rate increase on December 1, 2021 at which time I accepted via email. However, the promotion was still being processed and I never signed any official documents. Beginning in January, our company took away our... Read more »

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Rebecca Hill answered on Feb 3, 2022

Unless you have an employment contract or a union collective bargaining agreement that says otherwise, your employer can adjust or reduce your hourly rate of pay at anytime. However, employers cannot reduce an hourly employee's pay below minimum wage for all hours worked in a workweek.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for Ohio on
Q: I faced discrimination and got fired while having covid do I have a case

I started a new job Jan 3rd and had faced multiple comments from my boss about me bieng left handed all of witch are video recorded on cameras that have sound but would require a warrant to get I tested positive for covid on the 19th and my boss said that I would be out for 10 days I called in... Read more »

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Rebecca Hill answered on Feb 3, 2022

Under both Federal and Ohio it is unlawful for employers to discriminate against employees based on their membership in a "protected class" such as their gender, race, religion, nationality ect. Being left or right handed is not a "protected class." Although your employer's... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for Ohio on
Q: Can an employer hire and promote a candidate for management over immediate family members in Ohio?

I was let go from a position this week without any warning or documentation. Later that day, I found out that person promoted to my position will now be in charge of her best friend and her sister. At the time, I was currently gathering evidence and paperwork against these employees for time clock... Read more »

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Rebecca Hill answered on Jan 28, 2022

Ohio is an "at-will" employment state, meaning that your employer can terminate you for any reason, or no reason at all as long as your termination does not violate the law. Ohio and Federal law prohibit employers from terminating employees because of their membership in a protected class... Read more »

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Q: Can an employer charge you for quitting?

They said we’re required to give 30 days notice and if we don’t, they’ll charge us $500.

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Rebecca Hill answered on Jan 14, 2022

There is not enough information here to fully answer your question. Do you have an employment contract that requires you to provide your employer with 30-days notice before ending your employment? Are you paid on an hourly basis? If you are an hourly employee and not a properly classified exempt... Read more »

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Q: Hello. I started a new job recently. January 3rd is a public holiday. Am i entitled to time and a half?

I have been in training. Monday will be my first day i start full time hours. My employer said i am not entitled to 1.5 pays.

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Rebecca Hill answered on Dec 30, 2021

Generally, federal law only requires employers to pay employees overtime at time and 1/2 their regular rate of pay for hours actually worked over 40 in a workweek. Unless you have an employment contract or collective bargaining agreement states otherwise, you would only be entitled to overtime pay... Read more »

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