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Old 03-06-2012, 09:05 AM
 
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I've been with my employer for over 10 years in North Carolina. I've been told that due to hard times they will be reducing peoples salaries in the near future. What are my options here?

Depending on how much they cut it I might prefer to go unemployed and collect unemployment until I can find another job. Say they want to cut my salary by 50%, can I decline, be fired, and collect unemployment?

I've googled, but cannot find the answer to my question. There has got to be some sort of precedent here because if I cannot file for unemployment what would stop them from cutting my salary to $1.00 and preventing me.

Thanks
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Old 03-06-2012, 09:34 AM
 
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You can get unemployment when you refuse a pay cut. This is a more detailed account of my story.

AZ - My hours were cut and lost benefits because not full time. Quit get UI? Arizona
http://www.fatwallet.com/forums/arcm...readid=1103016

This is a more detailed account of my story.

You'll have a much easier time because they want to cut your pay. In my case, it was hours that resulted in fringe benefit elimination. It was so fuzzy that most people just can't see it for what it is.

Also, there are things you can do that will sink you. Do NOT sign a paper saying you agree, and then think you can change your mind and collect. The agreement will be used against you. Save the agreement unsigned as your proof that your pay was cut. If they do it verbally, you want to work until you have that next paystub in hand showing the reduction, and then STOP going to work. Working too long after a pay cut means you agreed. Also, in AZ and maybe many other states you must "adjust your grievance." Send a letter/email (you want written proof) stating you will not be working at the lower rate and want your agreed upon pay. If you're put into a stituation that you have to "quit" to avoid the pay cut, don't write some glowing letter of resignation. You write the letter as though it's for the unemployment office. As in, "Today is my last day. You cut my pay for no good reason. I told you I wouldn't work on the cheap. Sincerely yours."
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