Q: Benefits selection, hours change, fraud on my part?
I started working for global non profit as a temporary worker off a 3 year grant, initially at 20hrs a week max. So I was told I could get benefits because of this, and I signed up for medical and dental.
Before I could submit my hours for my first paycheck I was then told by my supervisor that I could only log 19 hrs a week. This would mean I couldn't get benefits, I email the hr lady about this and she never got back to me. My benefits stayed however, and I've even used them for a covid test.
My question is, could this be considered fraud? Should I call and have these removed? Any advice would be great
Perhaps the issue is not whether you committed fraud, but whether your employer misrepresented the terms and conditions of employment to you. IMO you should log 20 hours a week, if you are working it, and let the supervisor violate the wage and hour laws by docking your time. Definitely consult with a local employment law attorney and don't just rely on information posted on a public forum. IMO when they hire you to work 20 hours a week with benefits, your supervisor cannot unilaterally change the employment agreement, but if you are an at-will employee, they can terminate you at any time except for an illegal reason. Employment law is complex, but this sounds like a misrepresentation about the employment compensation you would receive.
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