Do I have to re-apply for the job I am doing just because the retail store hired a new store manager?

UPDATED: Jan 4, 2012

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Do I have to re-apply for the job I am doing just because the retail store hired a new store manager?

Is requiring everyone to re-apply for their jobs legal? The company has not changed in any way. This is the third manager on a year.

Asked on January 4, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Ohio


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

Unless you had an employment contract to the contrary (for  example, settinng out or guarantying employment for a fixed term), this is perfectly legal. Without an employment contract, you would be what's known as an "employee at will" and may be terminated at any time, for any reason; therefore, the employer may require you to re-apply for  your job at any time, for any reason, too.

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