Can my company make me do duties that I was not hired to do?

I work in California as a shipping/receiving clerk. Our company is moving to a new office, can my employer make me A. Move my own items from one location to the new one (not just personal desk items, I'm talking about my whole department)? B. Use my own personal truck to move said items? Any info would be appreciated.

Asked By: my 2 cents - 4/29/2010
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all of the answers are partially correct , your job description is for the benefit of your employer not the employee, unless you have a written employment contract or are represented by a union your employer can tell you to do what ever he likes, if you do not he can fire you for not following direction, using your... More
Answered By: lcr000 - 4/29/2010
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a: yes b: yes Well, technically, they can't "make" you...but they can fire you if you dont.
Answered By: Cliff - 4/29/2010
Unless you can easily replace your job, I recommend you be the best employee you can be. I suppose they would pay you for the use of your truck, but if jobs are scarce and this is the only problem you have with your employer, I'd just go above and beyond. I think they might remember when times get tough that you were... More
Answered By: cargo pilot - 4/29/2010
They cannot have you do this unless they offer you compensation pay or overtime if you accept. Make sure you cover yourself with written documentation. Good luck.
Answered By: Joy - 4/29/2010
Can't require you to use your personal truck to move. But to move your own items to the new one, so long as you are on company time, yes you do whatever they assign you to do. For the personal truck, they need to provide the vehicle as you do not have insurance to cover company property and there is a cost for that... More
Answered By: sweet.caroline - 4/29/2010
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