Nottingham, MD asked in Employment Law for Maryland

Q: Can a employer force a employee to work 12 hr shifts after they were hired for 8 hr shifts? Notice verbal or written?

I will be losing 8 hrs in my paycheck going to 12 hr shifts plus I will be losing my shift differential. We were made aware of this by the unit manager verbally. Shouldn't it be in writing to be legal and come from company CEO? Would greatly appreciate any insight.

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Cedulie Renee Laumann
Cedulie Renee Laumann
  • Crownsville, MD
  • Licensed in Maryland

A: Very generally speaking an employer can freely change work hour requirements. An employer must honor overtime laws and child labor laws and in some cases retail break laws but otherwise can set work hours and shifts pretty much as the employer sees fit. There is no law requiring changes to shifts be in writing or come from a company's CEO.

While not legal advice or an analysis of any specific situation I hope this very general information offers some assistance.

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