Q: My company wants to change my contract, do they have to give me written notice that they are changing it?
I have been working at my company for over 6 months and now they are trying to cut my pay in half, and even more than that and expecting me to take on more responsibility. And say I have till Monday to sign it or I cant come back to work. Is this legal? Can they do this with no prior notice???
A: Employees are either “at will” or they have a contract. At will employees can quit when they want and the company can fire or layoff an employee when it wants, so long as the termination isn’t due to discrimination, retaliation or another illegal reason. It sounds like you are an employee with a contract, which means your employment terms are set out in the document you signed. A lawyer would need to read your contract in order to know the terms of your employment. So, it’s impossible to answer your question without reading your contract. If, on the other hand, you were an at will employee, then the company almost certainly can do what your company proposes to do. I once had a job where I supervised no one. I was then told I was going to take over a department and all its employees would report to me. I then had responsibility for managing a whole department, doing performance reviews, budgets and lots of other tasks, yet received NO extra compensation. Could the company do that? Yes. I was an at will employee.
A: You need to direct this question to Nevada lawyers, because the law of Nevada may be different from California, and California licensed lawyers aren't usually licensed to practice law in Nevada. Consequently, the information offered by a California licensed attorney may not be reliable, especially if you and your employer are in Nevada.
A: If you are a contracted employee, as opposed to an at-will employee, your employee must honor that contract for the length of its term. Do not sign a new contract before an employment lawyer has reviewed it on your behalf! However, if you are an at-will employee, your employer may change the terms and conditions of your employment at any time with no prior notice. Contact an employment lawyer to discuss the details of your situation.
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