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My employer gave me a pay increase a year ago. Usually a pay increaseinI my department comes along with an extra file to our workload. However, the manager who gave me the increase did not give me an extra file and it was a pay increase for my performance. I moved to a different regional manager and they acknowldge my pay increase and did not give me the extra file. It has been almost a year since my pay increase and now my personal manager is bring up that they need to give me an extra file because of increase. I explain that was an increase for my performance and it did not come with an extra file. It has also been almost a year since my increase and now they are bringing it up. Is that legal for them now, to add work for my pay increase almost a year ago?
Asked on August 28, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, California
M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney
Answered 4 years ago | Contributor
Unless this action violates the terms of an employment contract or union agreement, it is legal. The fact is that most work relationships are "at will". This means that a company can set the conditions of the workplace much as it sees fit (absent some form of legally actionable discrimination). Therefore, it can increase your workload as it deems appropriate.