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I work in a hospital that claims we have to overhaul the budget

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I work in a hospital that claims we have to overhaul the budget because we are way over. The members of the staff in surgery are being sent home early every day. We cover with vacation time to ensure a full paycheck but then we have no vacation. Today we were told that our daily time was being cut by 30 min. As a 8 hr employee I will now be a 7.5 hr employee. Is there anything I can do?? This seems unfair.
Hello and welcome to JustAnswer.

I'm sorry to hear about your situation and hope I can help.

Unfortunately, as an at-will employee, your employer can change your hours at any time for any reason with or without any prior notice.

This stems from the employment at-will doctrine, which is codified in California Labor Code Section 2922, which states:

"An employment, having no specified term, may be terminated at
the will of either party on notice to the other. Employment for a
specified term means an employment for a period greater than one

So, unfortunately, there's nothing that you could legally do to prevent your employer from reducing your and other employees' hours.

I sincerely XXXXX XXXXX had better news to give you, but I hope you appreciate a direct and honest answer to your question.
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