Is it legal for my employer to change the employees status from essential to emergency without Hazard pay

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Is it legal for my employer to change the employees status from essential to emergency without Hazard pay

Every month or so my
employer is trying to
get me to sign
memorandums policy
procedures that states
that we’re essential
Personnel now all of a
sudden exchange to
emergency personnel and
saying that we have to
be the First Responders
without Hazard pay is
that legal?

Asked on February 13, 2018 under Employment Labor Law, Virginia

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

There is no legal obligation to pay "hazard pay" unless you have a written contract (including union agreement) giving you the right to hazard pay. If you do have such a contract, you can enforce its terms in court if necessary, to get any additional pay to which you are entitled; but without a contractual guaranty of hazard pay, you can be required to respond without extra pay.


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