Downgrading occurs when an employee moves to a job with a lower pay grade or level of responsibility. Either the employee or employer may initiate it. When a downgrade is the result of workforce reduction, the staff member’s salary cannot be lower than the minimum established range for the new pay grade. If a staff member requests a downgrade, or if work performance is the cause, salary is adjusted to the minimum rate of the new pay range. The employer can add, at its discretion, a percentage increase for previous work experience. Usually the job is less important than the current job held by the employee.
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