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Does an employer have to give prior notice before a pay cut? How many days after giving a notice can the employer enforce the pay cut rate? - ANSWER Yes - It doesn't have to be any specific time, but it does have to be agreed upon before continuing additional work.
What percentage of your pay rate can be reduced at one time? - One can be reduced all the way down to minumum wage; percentage doesn't matter. There is strong precedent however that an employee suffering a wage cut of 20% or more will qualify for unemployment if he quits in response to the cut.
Can an employer lower your pay rate on hours already worked before giving notice? - ANSWER - No. You earned whatever you earned on that, they cannot change it after the fact.
If you quit your job because you feel a pay cut is too extreme or unfair, can you still file for unemployment?- ANSWER - Yes generally it must be 20% or more wage cut to qualify.
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