I am employed by a public school system in Iowa. I am an hourly employee and up to November our paychecks were spread out over 12 months. We signed a contract for 12 months pay periods in July of 2014. Now in November our Superintendent informs us that we will not get paid thru August as our contracts say, that he is changing it to a 10 month pay period. We clock In and out each day. He is trying to tell us it has to do with Obama's Affordable Care Act.
If you have a written employment agreement, it is questionable that the terms could be changed unilaterally as you have indicated. You should take your agreement to an employment law attorney for advice.
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Not usually and especially not if you have an employment contract for the year. Take your contract to a Business attorney in your area for representation.
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