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    So I show up to work today to find out that my bosses boss changed our store times due to the traffic in our stores (there really isn't any). We had no notice until about 9:30 this morning when we start at 10 (we usually open at 11). Now instead of working 10:30-6:30, I have to work until 8. This did not come from our corporate offices, the guy just made it up. Does this violate any labor laws? Should I get my union involved?

    I hope this post makes sense.
    -Jack :geek:
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    Re: Is my work allowed to do this?

    Did he say this did not come from corporate? Not sure what he can do but he is boss, maybe he got the memo and you did not

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      Re: Is my work allowed to do this?

      Originally posted by Hakuna Makarla View Post
      Did he say this did not come from corporate? Not sure what he can do but he is boss, maybe he got the memo and you did not
      No because we already had the set times from corporate, he just changed them last night.
      -Jack :geek:
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        Re: Is my work allowed to do this?

        Well, that's an interesting question. Since it sounds like you have a union, that would be a place to ask.

        My guess is that it's not illegal per se, but that it may be a violation of the contract your employer has with the union. And if you were disciplined or fired because you couldn't adjust to a last minute change of hours, that would be very unfair, if not illegal.
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        • #5
          Re: Is my work allowed to do this?

          I dont know if its illegal, but its bad form to change your schedule without informing you.
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            Re: Is my work allowed to do this?

            i would go to the union for sure.. to make sure it isnt illegal..

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            • #7
              Re: Is my work allowed to do this?

              Thanks everyone, I will be calling on my union tomorrow to see if it violated our contract. The person in question likes to think he can side step the union so I will be informing them on what happened.
              -Jack :geek:
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              • #8
                Re: Is my work allowed to do this?

                I don't think this violates labor laws (I'd still check with your Union though), but, they will have to pay you overtime if it's more than an 8 hour day.

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                  Re: Is my work allowed to do this?

                  Good luck with it Jack. Either way, it doesn't sound very nice at all.
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                  • #10
                    Re: Is my work allowed to do this?

                    I believe they have to give a 24 hour notice to any schedule changes. I knwo if my work gets busy they can't make me stay longer unless they notify me the day before.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Is my work allowed to do this?

                      I think that changing your schedule today without notice was extremely bad form and shows a little carelessness in dealing with the employees.

                      On the other hand, you might try looking at it from your employer's point of view. You posted that business has been very slow and the hours change was probably a reaction to market conditions. Would you rather be laid off because your employer wasn't able to adapt to the current conditions and get the sales necessary to pay you and your co-workers?
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                      • #12
                        Re: Is my work allowed to do this?

                        I don't think it was illegal. Checking wouldn't hurt, of course.

                        The thing is, they can't force you to work and had you refused to stay later because you already had plans, I doubt anything would have been done to you. Sure, it was bad form, but if they saw it as necessary and it was good for business, that's really the bottom line.

                        Basically, they can ask you to stay longer as long as they pay you for all time worked. And if they do overtime, you should get it if it applies. If you are salary, they can have you working as much as they like, even at the last minute. But, you'd have signed a contract that said as much, most likely.

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