Can your employer indiscriminately decide to no longer pay you holiday pay after 5 years offull-time employment?

Asked on September 14, 2010 under Employment Labor Law, Missouri

Answers:

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

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

Most employment relationships are what is known as "at will".  This means that basically an employer can hire or fire someone for any reason or no reason whatsoever, as well has increase/decrease salary/hours, promote/demote, and generally impose requirements and revoke benefits as they see fit; this includes eliminating hoilday pay.  In turn, you can work for an employer, or not, your choice. The exceptions to this would be if there is a union/employment agreement that governs holiday pay, or this situation has arisen due to some type of discrimination.

Note:  Holiday pay that you have already earned must be honored by your employer and paid out to you since that is considered to be a part of your compensation. Only holiday pay going foreword (ie in the future) may be taken.


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