Is it legal for Company A to discuss with Company B, changing an employee’s schedule without informing said employee first?

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Is it legal for Company A to discuss with Company B, changing an employee’s schedule without informing said employee first?

I’m a substitute teacher with Conpany A, it does not pay me anything during summer so I’ve applied and been accepted a job at Company B for the summer. Problem is Company B’s training schedule clashes with the last week of subbing for Company A. The minute I found out I informed Company A that I could not make one of the days I scheduled. I’m scheduled for 2 days and I informed Company A about a week prior to my scheduled day. They got back to me after 2 days. Here’s where it got questionable, my immediate supervisor, J, asked for a compromise saying she would like to fulfilled the days but before I could answer, my supervisor’ higher up, A, wrote that she called Company B and got them to rearranged the schedule without informing me, thereby resulting in me working 12 days straight for both companies without a break. I think A has overstepped a boundary by reorganizing my schedule without my consent I’m wondering whether it’s legal. Company A, when I signed promised flexible schedule but lately have been pressuring their subs to take on assignments even when they called in sick.

Asked on May 19, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Colorado


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

It is perfectly legal. Company B did not have to do this (unless it is co-owned with company A, and the parent company made them do it), so Company A could not compel the change, but there is NO legal restriction on one of your employer's talking to another and coordinating their schedules if they choose to do so. It may feel like they overstepped a boundary, but since--at least legally--there is no boundary, they did not so; again any company (or individual) may speak to any other company (or individual) about an employee's schedule.

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