Can my employer change my pay rate without notice?

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Can my employer change my pay rate without notice?

I discovered missing hours in the past months. Are they required to pay me for those hours?

Asked on May 30, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Ohio

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Your employer may change your pay rate without prior notice on a going forward or prospective basis only; that means, from the moment they give you notice of the change, it is in effect. However, such changes may not be made retroactively--you have to be paid your then-in-effect rate until you are told of the new rate.

You also must be paid for all hours worked, if you are an hourly employee, and for overtime as applicable (e.g. if you worked more than 40 hours in a week)--that's the law (e.g. the Fair Labor  Standards Act and the regulations implementing it).

If you think you were shorted hours or shorted on your rate, you should consult with an employment law attorney about suing, and/or contact your state department of labor to file a complaint.


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