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Office move without notice
My office advised the team that we would be moving from NYC to Brooklyn on
June 1st. We were only told two weeks ago. I am wondering if there are any laws
against advising your employees with more time in advance. The reason I ask is
because when I accepted the job two years ago I accepted the job at midtown
NYC location. Since then we have moved one other time, which I have
compromised and moved further into the city Nomad 1 hour more of my
commute. Now Brooklyn is even further for me as I live in NJ and my daily
commute will be 2-2.5 each way/daily. Do I have any legal rights to argue this?
I’m also 18 weeks pregnant and got a note from my doctor to work from home,
if feasible, due the longer commute while pregnant. My boss doesn’t seem to
happy about that and I feel like they will give me a hard time.
Anything I can do about this that could help my case?
Asked on May 25, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, New York
SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney
Answered 3 years ago | Contributor
Your employer does not owe you any notice or warning of moves: your employer is free to move its operations at will for its own benefit without any regard for the impact on employees. (This is one of several consequences of "employment at will": the legal doctrine that employees do not have any right to their jobs, but work rather "at the will" of the employer.)
Your employer only needs to give you the opportunity to work at home IF doing so is reasonable for it given the nature of your job, how you work with other persons in the company or with clients/customers, tools or equipment or resources you need, etc. If it would be disruptive to them, reduce productivity or increase costs by more than a nomimal amount, or be impractical, they do not have to let you work at home: an employer's obligation is simply to make "reasonable accommodations" to your pregnancy, which means changes that are not too disruptive or expensive. If working at home is not something that can really be done for your position and how this company works, they do not need to let you do this.
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