Portland, OR asked in Employment Law for Oregon

Q: I am warehouse manager at a grocery store chain in Central Oregon. I worked there for a bit under a year.

A new husband/wife management team is coming in as store managers because the current store manager is retiring. Here's the deal, they've informed us that they are requiring all employees to fill out a new application for their CURRENT job positions. They want everyone on a 90 day probationary period (like we were as new hires when we first started working there) so they can terminate us if they have any issues. Is that even legal? I have been a employee for almost a year with no break in employment. Even employees working TEN YEARS are being forced to reapply for the same job they've been working as if they are a new hire. I have done nothing wrong to be put back to a 90 day new hire probationary status. In fact I received two promotions in less than a year because I do such great work. Can I refuse to fill out a new paper app since I am already a current employee? If I do and get terminated, would I be eligible for unemployment? URGENT!

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Mr. Michael O. Stevens
Mr. Michael O. Stevens
  • Hillsboro, OR
  • Licensed in Oregon

A: If these are new owners and a new company, then you already technically lost your job. And, that is likely what happened here. If you refuse, that is insubordination, which could lead to termination, and one that would likely disqualify you from unemployment.

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