Can my hours be changed to a day for which I have no childcare?

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Can my hours be changed to a day for which I have no childcare?

When I started my job I explained that I could not get anyone to watch my child after school on Wednesdays. We live in a rural area and there is only 1 child care option but it is closed that day. To make up the hours I miss, I come in on Saturday mornings since my husband can watch our children as he has weekends off. However, now my employer is insisting that I work Wednesday afternoons instead of Saturday mornings. What can I do?

Asked on October 28, 2018 under Employment Labor Law, Maine

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

Unless this action violates the terms of an employment contract or union agreement, you have no claim. The fact is that most work is "at will" which means that a company can set the conditions of employment much as it sees fit (absent some form of legally actionable discrimination). Bottom line, you can be scheduled for work as your company deems neccessary regardless of your time restrictions. If you cannot work your assigned hours you can be terminated.


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