Can an employer change an employee’s method of payment without notification?

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Can an employer change an employee’s method of payment without notification?

I am a teacher with a contract that goes from Aug to July and a coach with a supplemental contract that goes from July to June. Payroll changed my teaching contract which is my primary job to the supplemental contract and when I stopped coaching this year I did not get a check in July. They said it was because they changed it. They did this without notifying me.

Asked on July 31, 2010 under Employment Labor Law, Mississippi

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

In order to give an accurate response to this question one would have to read the contracts in question.  Generally,  the terms of the contract are binding as between the parties that sign them.  You need to read your contract and determine if they have followed the provisions or if not, they have "breached" the contract.  A party can not "unilaterally" - meaning on their own - change a contract to suit their needs.  Are you part of a Union?  Then bring the contract discrepancies to the attention of your union rep.  Otherwise, seek legal counsel in your area to read the contracts with a fine tooth comb. The remedies may also be contained therein. Good luck.


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