Akron, OH asked in Employment Law for Pennsylvania

Q: I am working full time in an essential job, a salaried employee, and my employer is implementing a 10 percent pay cut

Is that legal if I don’t agree to it?

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2 Lawyer Answers
Kyle Anderson
Kyle Anderson
Answered

A: Yes, an employer can cut your salary without you agreeing to it. However, the employer is required to pay you a minimum salary of $684 per week. This law went into effect January 1, 2020. If the salary cut put you below this level, I would recommend reaching out to an employment law attorney in your state.

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing
Answered
  • Wyomissing, PA
  • Licensed in Pennsylvania

A: In Pennsylvania, other than the law Mr. Anderson refers to, an employer is free to change the job description unless there is a union agreement or some other agreement. The interesting question is whether in Pennsylvania an employer changing work conditions including pay is a "necessitous and compelling reason" for you to leave, which allows you to collect unemployment.

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