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    My husband is an exempt employee working at a location in Illinois for a company which is headquartered out of California. As an exempt employee, he realizes that he does not get overtime even though he works at least 60 hours week. In the past, however, it was company "policy" to allow him "comp" time to take when he could (which he mostly never did). Exempt employees have always been willing to work holidays and weekends if there was an emergency or an unusually high work load. However, recently the company is not allowing any type of comp time and is expecting them to work several hours on holidays and weekends or even vacations for non-emergency type administration type work. It is never scheduled - simply a phone call or email from the boss which turns into several hours of work. Is there any type of comp time or other compensation they can receive especially for the holidays and vacations?

    Thanks -

  • #2
    Perfectly legal. Sorry.


    • #3
      For non-exempt employees, comp time in lieu of overtime is almost always forbidden (a few exceptions apply). For exempt employees, comp time is legal but not required. It is up to the employer whether to offer it or not, and there is no special type of comp for holidays or vacations.
      The above answer, whatever it is, assumes that no legally binding and enforceable contract or CBA says otherwise. If it does, then the terms of the contract or CBA apply.