How much notice is my boss required to give me in terms of scheduling?
This week he posted the schedule and I had Friday and Saturday off. I made plans to visit family in Tennessee, leaving Thursday night.
I usually don't have my phone on me while I'm there. He blew up my phone, then decided to call my emergency contact 6 times for a blatant NON emergency. He apparently "meant to schedule" me, but still never did. I wasn't even on call. Then I'm supposed to drop literally everything, important or not, and come running. Is there any time frame that's legally required for notice?
1 attorney answer
Like a lot of employees, you're overlooking a very important fact: "your" job isn't really "yours" at all -- it belongs to your EMPLOYER, and the employer gets to make the rules. Moreover, Indiana, like nearly every other state, is an "at-will" employment state. That means, unless you have an employment contract that says otherwise, your employer can hire you, fire you, change the terms and conditions of your employment -- schedule, hours, work location, duties, disciplinary actions, and even pay (as long as it doesn't result in a RETROACTIVE pay cut for work you've already done, and you are paid at least the legal minimum wage) -- at any time, for any reason (or even for no reason at all), and without advance notice, as long as the change does not discriminate based on race, sex, religion, national origin, age, or disability.
Your boss can post the schedule whenever he/she feels like it, and require you to work with no notice at all. If you don't work, you can be terminated.
I'm licensed to practice law only in Indiana, and we've never met, so I can't give you "legal" advice. My answer is simply "friendly" advice based on my experience as an attorney in Indiana, my knowledge of federal and common law, and common sense. Even if you are in Indiana, employment law questions are very fact specific, and based on the limited information you provided in your post, I can't give you legal advice, and my answer is intended as general information only. It doesn't create an attorney-client relationship.