What does the law say about setting work production expectations and possibly fired because of it?

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What does the law say about setting work production expectations and possibly fired because of it?

I work from home as an employee, as do all the workers and we keep our own time records etc. We are not allowed to bill for anything except active work. We can’t bill for business correspondence, reading task instructions, entering time into the timesheet or anything at all except actual active task working. So for instance when I emailed them about my tasks per hour, I can’t bill for the time of reading the email they sent or responding to the email. The company that I work for has recently been sending out emails advising that my and others hourly work average is too low. We do ‘tasks’ and they have unexplained expectations for each task.There is no communication at all on what our expected tasks per hour should be. This information remains a guarded secret until you fall out of line with what they think it should be. Then you get emails you don’t get paid to read about work you didn’t know wasn’t acceptable. The problem is that all the

Asked on November 10, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, North Carolina


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

Unless you have a written employment contract preventing this it is, unfortunately, legal. Without a contract, you are an employee at will; an empoyee at will may be terminated (or anything short of termination: e.g. written up, suspended, pay cut, demoted, etc.) for any reason, at any time, without prior notice or opportunity to correct a perceived problem. This includes being terminated, for example, for ill-defined or even undefined productivity expectations. As an employee at will, you have essentially no rights at work or to your job.

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