can i change my employees pay without notice?

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can i change my employees pay without notice?

i hired a guy as a foreman and he sucked. so
idemoted him and dropped his psi. now he is
trying to sue me

Asked on September 11, 2019 under Employment Labor Law, Colorado

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

You can change it without prior notice, but you must tell him before you change it, and the change is only effective from the moment you tell him forward. Example: you tell someone Monday morning 9am at the start of a pay period you are reducing their pay: that period, they are paid at the new rate. But say you reduced their pay but didn't tell them--they only found out when they saw their check. That is illegal, because until they are told of the new rate, the agreement or understanding (whether written or only oral) under which they work is that they were being paid at the old rate, and you must honor that.


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