Can my employer change our review process with no notification until after reviews are final?

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Can my employer change our review process with no notification until after reviews are final?

I work in Human Resources for my company. They just released our year end reviews and upon processing them I noticed that associate’s review scores did not match their merit increase scores. Upon questioning our division HR I was informed that between the time of our mid year reviews and our end year reviews they had restructured the appraisal process to a

Asked on March 24, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, Tennessee


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

How to rate or evaluate employees, or even whether to do this at all, and how to make use of the evaluations is completely under the company's control, unless you have a written employment contract specifiying this. Without a contract, not only can they change this any way they want, but they do not have to provide any notice of a change to the employees. The company also has free rein to set compensaton and bonuses when there is no written employment contract. So while it is understandable why you are upset, what your company did is completely legal. This is all a consequence of all emploment being "employment at will" when there is no contract.

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