Can an employer force an employee to change shifts for a temporary basis either to provide training or receive training?

Asked on February 24, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, Pennsylvania

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

An employer can set the conditions of the workplace much as it sees fit or deems appropriate. This includes having an employee change their shift on a temporary (or permanent) basis. For their part, the employee can either quit, comply or complain (and face termination). The only protection for the worker here would be if the terms of an employment contract or union agreement prohibit this type of scheduling change. Also, such a change must not be the result of some form of actionable discrimination.


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