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  • Wage question... Iowa

    The factory that I work in has implemented some new attendance policies. The first tier of missing work is a written warning, the next tier is a day suspended without pay, the third tier is a one dollar an hour reduction in pay for one quarter (three months), the final tier of this policy is termination.

    My question is whether the reduction in pay is legal or not.

    In this factory, all employees that work on the floor, from janitorial to assembly, earn the same pay, after reaching full vestment with the company. The office people do not earn the same amount as those on the floor, and those who work with computer assisted drawing, I do not know what they are paid.

    There is favoritism, as with just about anywhere. But the question about the legalities of taking away one dollar an hour for three months, for missing work, after earning it when reaching full vestment is my main concern with this thread.

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    Since you have been notified in advance of the circumstances under which your pay will be reduced, it is legal.

    This assumes that no contract or CBA specifically says otherwise.
    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.


    • #3
      Thank you. I do not know about Iowa Labor Laws, and do not have the funds to pay a lawyer/attorney to explain them either. The plant that I work at is owned by a family, and the family member who is in charge of dictating policy for the floor workers has a law degree, much to the chagrin of the floor employees.

      Again, thank you.


      • #4
        Agree with cbg. The pay reduction is legal. Just in case you wanted a second opinion.
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