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    I work as a salaried employee for a dry cleaner in Ma. The boss just came to all of us 6 managers (individual stores) and told us he was making a $50 decrease in our salaries due to rough times in our company. At the same time one of my empoyees quit due to a conflict with her college courses. So, I was left with 10 more hours to work and a $50 reduced paycheck. The boss said he would not take the $50 if I didn't replace the employee, but of course he did take the $50. I saved him $63 by not replacing the employee and now I'm working 65-70 hours for my salary. Can he reduce my paycheck due to his careless business sense?

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    Unless you have a bona fide contract that specifies that your salary can never be reduced, yes, he can lower your salary, even if your work hours increase. The reason is immaterial.

    Caveat; if your salary goes below a guaranteed $455 per week, then you are non-exempt by definition and MUST be paid for each hour worked, and overtime if you work over 40 hours in a week.
    The above answer, whatever it is, assumes that no legally binding and enforceable contract or CBA says otherwise. If it does, then the terms of the contract or CBA apply.

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