Is it legal for my boss to cut my pay and hours to avoid firing me and paying for unemployment?

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Is it legal for my boss to cut my pay and hours to avoid firing me and paying for unemployment?

Asked on December 6, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Wisconsin

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SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

If you do not have an employment contract, you are an employee at will. An employer may change--including cut--the title, job duties, salary or wages, hours worked, or other benefits (e.g. vacation days) of an employee at will at any time, for any reason; so yes, the employer may do this. If your pay was cut too severely or extensively, however, it is possible that it may be considered that you were constructively (or effectively) terminated; you should speak with your unemployment agency or office about the criteria for this, to see if it may be possible for you to claim unemployment benefits.


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