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I received an email of a rate change that is lower than the signed agreement. Is this allowed? I work as a contractor to a large company.

Any information on this subject would be welcomed. Thank you

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Submitted Fri, 05/19/2017 - 11:46

To begin with, you state you work as a "contractor." Is there a written contract? What type of work do you do? Who controls you at the company? It's very VERY unusual for someone to actually be legally classified as an independent contractor in Massachusetts. You should talk to a lawyer to make sure your classified correctly, as being improperly classified prevents you from having the employer pay their share of taxes and prevent you from access to lots of employment benefits, like unemployment, if you're fired.

If there is no written contract, the employer can legally change your hours, job duties, pay, etc. They only restriction on changing the rate of pay is that is must be going forward. They can't change the rate of pay for work already performed. Without asking more detailed questions about your situation, there's not really any way to say if your employer is violating either the independent contractor or wage laws.

If you want more information or help reviewing your situation to understand your exact legal rights and responsibilities feel free to contact me at my office at 617-859-8966 or e-mail me at to set up a time or to conduct a free consultation or to discuss your case.

Atty. David Owens
Grolman LLP

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