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  • can employer increase responsibilities & reduce hours for hourly staff New York

    the agency i work for has been at a 20% reduction for about 9 months/ i know as a salaried employee, i am still expected to put in more than my "paid" 32 hours - whatever it takes to get the job done - it stinks but that is thte way it is..Problem is employer now wants me to ask my one of my hourly staff, who has already been given one change in job duties to pick up some slack, to take on additional responsibilitites that are somewhat supervisory in nature (pertaining to supervision of files and paperwork) . I don't even feel comforatble asking her to do this. All my hourly staff already work more hours than they are noting on their time sheets (I don't ask, they don't tell, and I tell them not to, btu there is too much work to do in 32 hours and they feel theri jobs are on the line, as do we all- and I also know that is a labor lawsuit waiting to happen),

    For an hourly employee, only making $ 10.00 per hour (before the cut) , to take on increased responsibility while already on a 20% cut back - is this legal? I know it is not fair, but is it legal? we are all concerend that because of the shortened period of work hours, our ability to do our work has suffered and we have seen this in recent audits. I know this employee will have concerns about her responsibility in taking on more duties and resposnibilities and being accountable while on shortened hours - not to mention less pay

    please advise. Thank you

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    It's legal because there is no law prohibiting it.

    And I agree that this is a law suit waiting to happen.

    IMHO, if an employer can't "afford" to comply with the law for the employees he has, maybe he shouldn't have as many employees as he does. Just my $.02.
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      thanks patty: now, if I am "forced" to terminate my employees becuase they can't do their jobs (even though I honestly don't think they have enough time to do them)...will they be entitled to unemployment? I can only hope my employer will not fight the claim.....awkward...thanks

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        Probably but only the state UI office can say for sure.
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