Employment Law

Employment law questions? Ask an employment lawyer.

Ask a Lawyer,
Get an Answer ASAP!

This answer was rated:

My wages consist of a base and then a quarterly bonus that…

My wages consist of...

My wages consist of a base and then a quarterly bonus that is up to a max percentage of my base calculated somewhat arbitrary on basis of performance, revenue, size of bonus pool, etc. My compensation when hired was described in writing as a range of base + bonus. I was informed that there is no longer a quarterly bonus in 2018. Doesn't this constitute an involuntary reduction in wages (CA) ?

Lawyer's Assistant: Because employment law varies from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?

CA

Lawyer's Assistant: Is the employment agreement "at will," union, full time or part time?

Full time

Lawyer's Assistant: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?

No ... except that it is a major company that likes to ignore CA employment laws

Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Employment Law Question
Answered in 2 minutes by:
1/4/2018
Patrick, Esq.
Category: Employment Law
Satisfied Customers: 14,536
Experience: Significant experience in all areas of employment law.
Verified

Hello and thank you for entrusting me to assist you. My name is ***** ***** I will do everything I can to answer your question.

Is your employer simply telling you that there will no longer be bonuses paid moving forward, or are they trying to deprive you of a bonus you believe you had already earned? If the latter, can you please tell me whether there is any language in your contract which states that the bonus is guaranteed? I very much look forward to helping you on this matter.

Ask Your Own Employment Law Question
Customer reply replied 7 months ago
No bonuses paid forward. No more bonus plan for this role. After being hired in this role they decided that in 2018 they will no longer pay quarterly bonuses.

Thank you.

If this is simply a question of them changing their bonus policy moving forward, I'm afraid to say they are permitted to do that upon providing you with notice of the change. This is so because employment is "at will" absent an agreement to the contrary. At will employment can be terminated at any time for virtually any reason. So, since your employer could terminate you and then immediately rehire you on the new terms of their choosing, the law permits them to simply change the terms of your employment to accomplish the exact same thing.

I hope that you find this information helpful and am genuinely sorry if it is not what you were hoping to hear. Please do not hesitate to let me know if you have any questions or concerns regarding the above and I will be more than happy to assist you further.

If you do not require any further assistance, please be so kind as to provide a positive rating of my service so that I may receive credit for assisting you. Very best wishes moving forward.

Patrick, Esq.
Category: Employment Law
Satisfied Customers: 14,536
Experience: Significant experience in all areas of employment law.
Verified
Patrick, Esq. and 87 other Employment Law Specialists are ready to help you
Ask your own question now
Was this answer helpful?

How JustAnswer works

step-image
Describe your issueThe assistant will guide you
step-image
Chat 1:1 with an employment lawyerLicensed Experts are available 24/7
step-image
100% satisfaction guaranteeGet all the answers you need
Ask Patrick, Esq. Your Own Question
Patrick, Esq.
Patrick, Esq.
Patrick, Esq., Lawyer
Category: Employment Law
Satisfied Customers: 14,536
14,536 Satisfied Customers
Experience: Significant experience in all areas of employment law.

Patrick, Esq. is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

I must thank you all for such a positive and knowledgeable Expert in your Employment Law category. She has provided much relief and answers for me in the midst of dealing with a case. I am totally pleased with her customer service and care.

MildredWashington, DC

Excellent direction from Socrateaser to help me preserve and pursue my rights as a proud American who has become unemployed in this messed-up economic downfall. Thank you

Happy CustomerDenver, CO

Mr. Kaplun clearly had an exceptional understanding of the issue and was able to explain it concisely. I would recommend JustAnswer to anyone. Great service that lives up to its promises!

Gary B.Edmond, OK

My Expert was fast and seemed to have the answer to my taser question at the tips of her fingers. Communication was excellent. I left feeling confident in her answer.

EricRedwood City, CA

I am very pleased with JustAnswer as a place to go for divorce or criminal law knowledge and insight.

MichaelWichita, KS

PaulMJD helped me with questions I had regarding an urgent legal matter. His answers were excellent.

Three H.Houston, TX

Anne was extremely helpful. Her information put me in the right direction for action that kept me legal, possible saving me a ton of money in the future. Thank you again, Anne!!

ElaineAtlanta, GA

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Allen M., Esq.

Allen M., Esq.

Employment Lawyer

13,334 satisfied customers

Employment/Labor Law Litigation

Marsha411JD

Marsha411JD

Lawyer

12,490 satisfied customers

Licensed Attorney with 29 yrs. exp in Employment Law

Infolawyer

Infolawyer

Lawyer

12,478 satisfied customers

Licensed attorney helping employers and employees.

JB Umphrey

JB Umphrey

Lawyer

6,273 satisfied customers

Assisting employees and employers for over 14 years.

John

John

Employment Lawyer

4,029 satisfied customers

Exclusively practice labor and employment law.

Dimitry K., Esq.

Dimitry K., Esq.

Attorney

3,007 satisfied customers

I provide employment and discrimination law advice in my own practice.

ScottyMacEsq

ScottyMacEsq

Lawyer

2,893 satisfied customers

Licensed Texas General Practice Attorney

< Previous | Next >

Related Employment Law Questions
In a sales compensation plan, with multi-year pay-out, can
In a sales compensation plan, with multi-year pay-out, can the employer change the terms of the incentive plan after the sale is made?… read more
Patrick, Esq.
Patrick, Esq.
Lawyer
Doctoral Degree
14,536 satisfied customers
My employer recently eliminated vehicle allowance, a 2%
My employer recently eliminated vehicle allowance, a 2% monthly bonus based on revenue, and a quarterly bonus based on field margin in an effort to cut costs (all of which were outlined as part of my … read more
PaulmoJD
PaulmoJD
Attorney At Law
Doctoral Degree
106 satisfied customers
My employer is considering offerinng the consulting services
My employer is considering offerinng the consulting services that I (and others) provide to their clients on a contingent fee basis... at least once in a while. The potential revenue for the firm coul… read more
Patrick, Esq.
Patrick, Esq.
Lawyer
Doctoral Degree
14,536 satisfied customers
My friend recently was terminated from a Montgomery Cty MD
My friend recently was terminated from a Montgomery Cty MD firm. Allegedly, they are "moving in a different direction." Allegedly, the company is "moving in a different direction" from when she was hi… read more
Dimitry K., Esq.
Dimitry K., Esq.
Attorney
Doctoral Degree
3,007 satisfied customers
IF I resign from a salaried AND commission/bonus paid position,
IF I resign from a salaried AND commission/bonus paid position, where commissions are paid once monthly, and bonuses are paids once quarterly, will I have to fight to receive those payments? Both comm… read more
Marsha411JD
Marsha411JD
Lawyer
Doctoral Degree
12,490 satisfied customers
Hi, I have a history of receiving large bonuses from my company.
Hi, I have a history of receiving large bonuses from my company. This year, I didn't get one and was told it was because I was out of the office frequently throughout the year. I have a chronic illnes… read more
Patrick, Esq.
Patrick, Esq.
Lawyer
Doctoral Degree
14,536 satisfied customers
In the State of New Jersey, is a physician employee engaging
In the State of New Jersey, is a physician employee engaging in fee splitting if his/her salary is a straight percentage of collections received for their professional services? Would it matter in the… read more
PaulmoJD
PaulmoJD
Attorney At Law
Doctoral Degree
106 satisfied customers
We operate an LLC company that has been in existence for 10
We operate an LLC company that has been in existence for 10 years. There is a controversy with regards XXXXX XXXXX classification and salary as follows: a. There are 3 employees who have accrued 10 ye… read more
hrguru206
hrguru206
HR Manager
Bachelor\u0027s Degree
404 satisfied customers
I work in a restaurant and get paid (my tips) through a pooled
I work in a restaurant and get paid (my tips) through a pooled point system. Management has recently started to dock points for various things like being late for work, not scoring high enough on food… read more
N Cal Atty
N Cal Atty
Doctoral Degree
59 satisfied customers
my wife work for a large restaurant that is nation wide she
my wife work for a large restaurant that is nation wide she works as a food sever 2 days a week and 3 days as bartender she recieves minum wage as a food sever plus tip (Ca. minium wage, tips 11% aver… read more
N Cal Atty
N Cal Atty
Doctoral Degree
59 satisfied customers
I work in a river boat casino in council bluffs Ia. the majority
I work in a river boat casino in council bluffs Ia. the majority of our wages come from tips. Management has recently decided to change the dispursement process and according to them without the origi… read more
JB Umphrey
JB Umphrey
Lawyer
Juris Doctor
6,273 satisfied customers
I work as a payroll assistant for a company that operates under
I work as a payroll assistant for a company that operates under ca wage order #1(manufacturing) and is also covered by a CBA. My question concernes OT. It is my understanding that with the exception o… read more
Barrister
Barrister
Attorney/Landlord/Realtor
Doctoral Degree
38,228 satisfied customers
I am an Illinois employer with 9 salaried employees 2 high-level
I am an Illinois employer with 9 salaried employees: 2 high-level marketing @ $100K each; 1 high-level production manager @$65K; 1 A/R A/P & office Mgr @ $50K; 2 office & 2 warehouse $33K-$35K each. A… read more
Marsha411JD
Marsha411JD
Lawyer
Doctoral Degree
12,490 satisfied customers
California-based Employee working from my home office. Recently
California-based Employee working from my home office. Recently my Washington State Employer radically changed my compensation plan. When I was hired 5 years ago, the Exec VP that hired me as a straig… read more
Tina
Tina
Doctoral Degree
83 satisfied customers
Greetings, I worked for DOD which is under the NSPS system
Greetings, I worked for DOD which is under the NSPS system (which is going away in 2012 due to its major flaws) for an entire rating period. Because the agency is in BRAC (Base Realignment & Closure) … read more
Cedric
Cedric
Attorney at Law
Doctoral Degree
2,088 satisfied customers
Hi. I own a small business (gross $225,000, avg. 4 employees).
Hi. I own a small business (gross $225,000, avg. 4 employees). I'm working to hire a new shop foreman--someone who will have broad discretionary power in the running of the shop, determination of how … read more
PaulmoJD
PaulmoJD
Attorney At Law
Doctoral Degree
106 satisfied customers
is it illegal for my employer to take money from the employee
is it illegal for my employer to take money from the employee tip pool in the stae of Arizona?… read more
Cedric
Cedric
Attorney at Law
Doctoral Degree
2,088 satisfied customers
I was a Sales Rep ( base + commission) [company is based ...
I was a Sales Rep ( base + commission) [company is based out of pasadena, ca] and they fired me for what they deem is performance and refused to pay me commission for my last 2 weeks, infact they refu… read more
JENN
JENN
Bachelor's Degree
140 satisfied customers

DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on JustAnswer are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. JustAnswer is a public forum and questions and responses are not private or confidential or protected by the attorney-client privilege. The Expert above is not your attorney, and the response above is not legal advice. You should not read this response to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law that might affect the situation you describe. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains.

The responses above are from individual Experts, not JustAnswer. The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credential of an Expert, click on the “Verified” symbol in the Expert’s profile. This site is not for emergency questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals. Please carefully read the Terms of Service (last updated February 8, 2012).

DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on JustAnswer are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. JustAnswer is a public forum and questions and responses are not private or confidential or protected by the attorney-client privilege. The Expert above is not your attorney, and the response above is not legal advice. You should not read this response to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law that might affect the situation you describe. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains.

The responses above are from individual Experts, not JustAnswer. The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credential of an Expert, click on the “Verified” symbol in the Expert’s profile. This site is not for emergency questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals. Please carefully read the Terms of Service (last updated February 8, 2012).

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x