Can your employer reduce your hourly rate?
Recently at least two of them completed another year of the apprenticeship.
One guy went up to a 2nd year and the other went up to a 4th year.
Both were given the appropriate hourly increase as set out by the apprenticeship board.
Example: a 4th year is to have an hourly wage at 70% of a journeyman.
Here's the thing, after 1 or 2 pay periods the boss has decided to DECREASE the hourly rates for these guys.
The average journeyman is getting $26/hr. The apprentices were originally told this.
Now the boss has decided to tell them the average rate is at $24 which it's not. He's only saying this because a few months ago he hired 2 guys at that rate but they've both since quit.
Well let me correct that...........he hasn't told them. He's just gone ahead and decreased their hourly rate. When the lady in payroll asked if he has notified them he said "if they catch it I'm sure they'll call me to ask about it".
For the 4th year apprentice, he's looking at a $1.40/hr. decrease.
Can the company do this?