If I’m a salaried employee and now the company wants to pay me hourly but I will make less money, is this legal?

Asked on December 9, 2015 under Employment Labor Law, Washington


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

It's perfectly legal, unless you have a written employment contract guarantying your salary. Otherwise in the absence of a contract, an employer may change an employee's salary--how much she is paid, and how she is paid (i.e. hourly vs. salaried)--at will, even if it reduces what the employee earns. As a possible offset, if you work more than 40 hours in a week, you'll have to be paid overtime.

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