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The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) recently published an article discussing the legal ramifications of an employee turning down a raise from his or her employer, and it brought up a very perplexing question: Why would an employee turn down an increase in pay?

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SHRM’s article outlined many good reasons an employee might do this, such as:

  • The raise might put him or her into a financial situation wherein he or she no longer qualifies for certain government benefits and, thus, will have a negative outcome overall.
  • The raise may impact other things, like divorce proceedings, alimony, child support, etc.
  • The raise may come with strings…