Question: I am a salaried employee, and I have been working with the same employer for over 15 years and have been promoted numerous times. All of a sudden, I am now required to work 10 more hours a week (total of 60) and to top it off, my employer has reduced my salary. What are my rights?
Answer: If you do not have an employment contract and are not in a union, you are considered an employee at will. Which means an employer, with a few limited exeptions, can hire, fire, promote, demote and change your salary for any reason or for no reason at all. Your salary must still exceed the minimum wage of Florida which is currently $7.67 per hour. Additionally, your actual job duties need to be evaluated to ascertain whether in fact you are truly an exempt employee under the overtime laws. It is not enough to be salaried – meaning, even if you are a salaried employee, you are still entitled to overtime pay if your job is primarily a manual labor job or a job that is routine without the ability for you to use discretion.
Also, even though your employer has the right to lower your salary for future wages, your employer may not apply the reduction retroactively, meaning, employer must inform you in advance of any work done before the new rate takes place.