HIRED FULLTIME AND NOT GETTING FULLTIME HOURS

I WAS HIRED AS A FULLTIME EMPLOYEE OF A SMALL HOSPITAL, NOW DUE TO DECREASE IN PATIENT CENSUS, I AM FORCED TO BE CANCELLED, ALONG WITH OTHERS, THEREBY LOSING PAY. SINCE I JUST RETURNED FROM A WEEK VACATION, I HAVE NO PAID TIME OFF TO USE TO COVER FOR THIS. I HAVE NO IDEA HOW LONG THIS WILL LAST, IT AMOUNTS TO 1 TO 2 DAYS A PAY. IS THIS NOT A BREACH IN MY HIRING AGREEMENT?

1 answer  |  asked Apr 24, 2003 10:24 AM [EST]  |  applies to Ohio

Answers (1)

Richard Renner
Benefits of a union or other written contract

If you have a union, the employer has to negotiate with the union or have a contract permitting the lay off or reduction in hours. This is one of the main benefits of having a union.
If you do not have a union, and you are not a supervisor, you can still organize one.
If you don't have a union, you and the employer might still have a contract, verbal or written. If the employer has a written manual, it might say that you can't rely on the verbal statements made by supervisors. It might also say that the company can modify or terminate the agreement at any time, even without notice. Essentially, it becomes a statement of the employer's claim that you are an "employment-at-will" employee who can be fired at anytime, for any reason, or even for no reason, as long as it is not for an illegal reason.

posted by Richard Renner  |  Apr 25, 2003 12:08 PM [EST]

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