Hackensack, NJ asked in Employment Law for New Jersey

Q: After-hours & Weekend On-Call roster was NOT in the job description or a requirement when hired.

I'm a newly hired employee & during interview & my first few weeks of employment was confirmed that their Incident Management team in Sri Lanka was 24x7. I then found out that Incident Management on the weekends was handled via On-call rotation, which actually made them only 24x5. I also found out that under Sri Lanka law, the personnel in Sri Lanka were given a day off after working an overnight shift (11pm - 7:30am IST), which my manager said he was completely unaware of and would look into.

However, I was almost immediately required to be included in the company's After-hours & Weekend On-Call rotation. I have also been working after-hours during the regular work week because Sri Lanka is not staffed between the hours of 5pm- 8:30pm EST due to the "3rd shift day off" they receive.

I brought my concerns to my manager & was told that my employment was "at will".

My question is if my employer can make being part of Weekend On-call & After-hours coverage?

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1 Lawyer Answer
Carrie Dyer
Carrie Dyer

A: Your employer can typically alter your job duties and responsibilities at any time, including requiring you to partake in the weekend on-call and after-hours coverage. You should speak with an employment attorney if you have any concerns that you are being properly compensated for the on-call time / after-hours coverage.

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