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we have a "full-time" employee who is an hourly employee.

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we have a "full-time" employee who is an hourly employee. sometimes businesses are slow. can we reduce their hours, if so, how can we go about doing it? how much notice do they need? can we send them home on a day's notice?

Thank you for your questions but I need to know what State this applies to and also if this employee has a written contract that guarantees their hours.
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

CA, there's no written contract that guarantees their hours

Thank you. Unfortunately I cannot assist you because the Site will not allow anyone not licensed in California to assist CA customers. In the future, so that you don't waste your time, if you could indicate the State in your question, that will help the Site get you to the correct Expert.

I will opt out and have the moderators place this in the correct category-California Employment law. Someone in that category will be with you as soon as they are available.
Calfornia-licensed attorney here--please permit me to assist.

Absent an agreement to the contrary, employers retain tremendous discretion to change an employee's hours, duties, and pay as they please. This tremendous freedom stems from Labor Code section 2922, which provides that employment in the state of California is "at will," absent an agreement to the contrary. Courts have interpreted this to mean that, since an employer retains discretion to terminate employees for no reason, he or she also retains the authority to dictate the terms of employment and change them at any time.

The law does not require an employer to provide any advance notice of the change (though changes in any employee's rate of pay cannot take place until the date on which they are informed of the change--retroactive paycuts are illegal). With regard to cuts in hours, these can be implented at any time.

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