Can my employer demand thatI start work earlier?

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Can my employer demand thatI start work earlier?

I have a 2 1/2 year old daughter that has been at the same daycare since she was 6 weeks old. I feel very comfortable and my daughter enjoys going there as well. The problem is that her daycare opens at 7:30 am. so I can’t be at my work by 7:45 am; I can be there by 7:50 am. My manager told me that I have 2 weeks to make arrangements and she told me to find another daycare. I feel that I’m being picked on. They allow another assistant to start a 9:00 am because she has a son to get on the bus and I come in early for her on Thursday and Friday to assist. I have been working for this employer for 11 years.

Asked on June 8, 2011 under Employment Labor Law, Massachusetts

Answers:

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

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

While unfair as this is, your employer is well within its legal rights. The fact is that most employment relationships are what is known as "at will". This means that basically an employer can hire or fire someone for any reason or no reason whatsoever, as well has increase/decrease salary/hours, promote/demote, and generally impose requirements as it sees fit. In turn, an employer can work for an employer, or not, their choice. Exceptions to this would be if there is a stated company policy covering this or there is a union/employment agreement to the contrary. The fact that another employee is given preferential treatment and allowed to do this has no bearing on your situation unless this situation is due to some type of discrimination (although you did not indicate this to be the case).


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