If your supervisor starts a new work policy, do they need to inform the employees and give a certain date that it will go into affect?

Asked on August 19, 2015 under Employment Labor Law, Pennsylvania

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SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

The answer is both yes and no. Yes, an employee should reasonably be accountable for a policy only after she has had notice of the policy--i.e. notice of what they need to do or not do. 
But no, such notice is not necessary in that if the employee did not have a written employment contract, she is an employee at will, and an employee at will may legally fired at any time, for any reason, without notice--even unfair reasons. And if the employee may be fired at any time, for any reason, without notice, the employer may similarly  do anything less than or short of termination--such as writing up or disciplining the employee--at any time, for any reason, without prior notice. So while what you describe is inappropriate, unfair, and unprofessional, it is not illegal for an employee  at will an employee at will my be written up in the circumstances you describe.


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