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Is a shift in job salary range a common practice for business?

Johnny C. Taylor Jr.

Johnny C. Taylor Jr. tackles your human resources questions as part of a series for USA TODAY. Taylor is president and CEO of the Society for Human Resource Management, the world’s largest HR professional society and author of “Reset: A Leader’s Guide to Work in an Age of Upheaval.”

The questions are submitted by readers, and Taylor’s answers below have been edited for length and clarity.

Question: My company recently reevaluated our pay structure. The salary range for my current position was altered. However, my job description remains the same. While my pay was not reduced, the ceiling rate for my classification was lowered significantly. Is such a shift appropriate and common for business? – Sarai

Johnny C. Taylor Jr.: A shift in salary range can be disconcerting for you – particularly when your work responsibilities haven’t changed. It is natural to want to understand what such a shift means for you now and in the future.

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