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    If an employee is supposed to work a set rotation (4 days on, 2 days off) on a specific shift, how much can the employer alter that schedule?

    How much can the employer require the employee to change shifts (days/ seconds/ nights) either day to day, week to week, or month to month?

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    Without a bona fide employment contract or CBA prohibiting scheduled changes or a specific notification period, as much as they want.
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      Follow-up to the original question

      Thanks for the reply, Patty.

      Would this also be true if their job description specifically states that their position works a 4/2 rotation? The shift we work (days/ seconds/ nights) is pretty much determined by seniority through a "shift bid," but the job description says that the position works a 4 day on/ 2 day off rotation. (In other words, even if they are bounced from shift to shift, does it still need to be on a 4/2 rotation?) Any references would be greatly appreciated.

      The reason I'm asking is because I will soon be supervising either 1 or 2 guys who are going to be bounced around from shift to shift for a while. We have to meet certain manpower minimums (which is the reason for moving them around), but it doesn't seem very fair to me. I want to do what is best for them. I've searched high and low, and I can't find anything that says we can't change their schedules, but I also can't find anything that says we can. Again, any references will be appreciated.

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        Job descriptions are not written in stone, nor are they enforceable contracts. As I stated before, the ONLY thing you could hang your hat on is an employment contract or CBA.

        The law says what an employer MUST do and what must NOT do. The fact that there is no law on this issue means that the employer is allowed to do whatever the employer needs to do.
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