Can my employer implement new procedures that aren’t part of or have never been policies before. If so, can my employer write up or place employees who choose not to follow new rules under disciplinary actions?

Employer wants to implement new procedures
for technicians and quality assurance.
Technicians must now take photos of their work
and submit documentation to an online
database. If photos aren’t submitted, can the
employer place employees on write ups for
failure to do so? There is no policy or
acknowledgement within company

Asked on September 23, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, Virginia

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; this can hold true on the mandates of immediate superiors as well. Accordingly, absent an employment contract or union agreement to the contrary, old policies can be revoked or new policies can be instituted. It is done everday in the course of business. As an "at will" employee, you can either comply with this policy, complain and risk termination, or quit.


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