Additional Duties not within Job Description with No Additional Compensation

Can an employer force their employee to take on additional duties NOT in their job description without compensating them? If not, can they eliminate the employee's current position and lay them off, in order to post a position that includes the employee's former duties, as well as the new duties, so that they can pay someone else the lower salary instead?

1 answer  |  asked Feb 22, 2007 3:31 PM [EST]  |  applies to Texas

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Margaret A. Harris
More Work, Less Pay?

The answer depends on whether you are a member of a union. If you are, then the answer is "probably not," and you should call the union. If you are not a member of a union, however, you probably do not have a right to receive extra pay for the additional work. You do have to be paid at least minimum wage, but that's so small that it's probably not an issue for you. I am ddeply disturbed to have to report to you that employers generally have the right to make all the rules -- and the workers have to follow them. The company, on the other hand, can choose to ignore whatever rules it wishes to ignore.

Do you want to support a Worker's Bill of Rights? Go to www.workplacefairness.org

posted by Margaret A. Harris  |  Feb 22, 2007 5:40 PM [EST]

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