What will happen if when I started my current job I signed a salary agreement but this agreement does not have any type of set amount of hours just the salary itself?

Recently my hours were cut from 40 hours to 26. I have not signed any new paperwork stating I would be paid any different than the set amount that I signed for in the beginning. They want to prorate my pay for the hours I currently work. Since I signed a salary agreement do they have to pay me that amount regardless of the amount of hours I work?

Asked on August 10, 2015 under Employment Labor Law, Florida

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

It depends on the terms of the agreement, since all types of agreements and contracts are enforced according to their plain language. If the agreement had a term or duration in it e.g. 1 year, then your salary should not be changed during that time. If there was no duration or time period, however, the agreement really only indicated your starting pay and does not preclude the employer from changing your job, hours, pay, etc. down the road. However, the above are just general principals for a more definitive answer, bring the agreement to an attorney to review in detail with you.

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

It depends on the terms of the agreement, since all types of agreements and contracts are enforced according to their plain language. If the agreement had a term or duration in it e.g. 1 year, then your salary should not be changed during that time. If there was no duration or time period, however, the agreement really only indicated your starting pay and does not preclude the employer from changing your job, hours, pay, etc. down the road. However, the above are just general principals for a more definitive answer, bring the agreement to an attorney to review in detail with you.


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