Salt Lake City, UT asked in Employment Law for California

Q: My boss only gives me 10 minute notices of shift changes, is that legal

I'm scheduled to work at 4 pm, my boss calls to say he needs me in by 1:30, I look at the clock, it's 1:19 wtf, how can I get to work by the time he needs me

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Neil Pedersen
Neil Pedersen
  • Westminster, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: The answer to your question will depend on what industry you work in and what County or City your workplace is. Generally, an employer has no legal duty to give you advanced notice of shift changes, and can change your shift whenever it wants to do so. The only limitation is that if you show up for a shift and are sent home during the first half of the scheduled shift, you are entitled to Reporting Time Pay. You can learn more about that here:

San Francisco and now LA have scheduling ordinances that apply to certain segments of the workforce that might help you. If you are not in those locations, you have no recourse.

Good luck to you.

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