is it legal for employer to cut your pay?

After being hired at a certain pay rate, including additional money per hour for midnight to 8 am, can employer suddenly force us to sign paper saying that we understand we will no longer receive additional pay between 6-8 am?

Asked on November 2, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Missouri


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

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

An employer can change a pay rate at will unless there is a union agreement or employment contract to the contrary. That having been said, such a rate cannot be changed retroactively. That means that once hours are worked, a pay rate cannot be changed for those hours. A lower pay rate can only be legal regarding hours not yet worked.

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