Q) I recently was off work because I blew my knee out. I’am being told by my boss that when I come back that I have to work the same hours but, on different days than I was working. I was also told that if I didn’t work those days that I would not have a job. Can this company do this to me, legally? If, I do not accept the new schedule and the company let’s me go, can I draw unemployment “
A) Employers generally have the right to change an employee’s work schedule as long as they provide reasonable notice and it does not violate any employment contract, collective bargaining agreement, or employment law. However, if the schedule change makes it impossible for you to continue working due to other responsibilities or obligations, such as childcare, then you may have a legal claim for wrongful termination if you are fired as a result.
If you are terminated from your job because you cannot work the new schedule, you may be eligible for unemployment benefits depending on the specific circumstances. In general, to qualify for unemployment benefits, you must have lost your job through no fault of your own and meet other eligibility requirements such as having earned a certain amount of wages during a specific time period. If you are unsure whether you qualify for unemployment benefits, you should contact your state’s unemployment office or a legal professional for guidance.