Can a company/employer make you submit proof that you’re in school?

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Can a company/employer make you submit proof that you’re in school?

My employer is requesting that all employees submit a work schedule form asking information if you’re in school and the name of the school. Just recently, they have asked all employees who are in school to submit a separate form showing your classes, along with proof by attaching your class syllabus. They clam that this is mandatory and if I don’t submit this form my employer has the rights to assume I’m fully available to work. Can they really ask for a physical time line of my classes and proof of my syllabus?

Asked on February 8, 2019 under Employment Labor Law, California

Answers:

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

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

Yes, your employer can ask this. Without an employment contract or union agreement, most work relationships are "at will" which means that a company can set the conditions of the workplacemuch as it sees fit (absent some form of legally actionable discrimination). This includes requiring a worker to submit their class schedule. If you refuse to comply with this mandate, then you can be terminated. In fact, you can be fired for any reason or no reason at all, with or without notice. 


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