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  • Is a mandatory 7 day work week legal?

    The posistion I currently have was taken with the understanding that I would have saturdays off as a "benefit" of takeing the position, of course this was a verbal agreement and not in writeing and the manager no longer is employed by the company. Since that time the compay has decided to make me work every other saturday, wich in and of itself is getting real old, and today I was told we will be going to 7 days a week. Now our handbook says that we can be asked to work overtime on occasion but what does the law have to say about it being a permanat thing? And our dol website is totaly useless.

    Thanks

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    In your state, and in most (but not all) others, it is legal to require an employee to work 7 days a week. The only caveat is that after 40 hours in a week you have to get OT.
    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.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by cbg
      In your state, and in most (but not all) others, it is legal to require an employee to work 7 days a week. The only caveat is that after 40 hours in a week you have to get OT.
      Do you know what it would mean for consultant who normally work for 5 days week to be forced to work 7 days. There wouldn't be OT since it is salary base and there is no bonus involved.

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      • #4
        I understand that it would be unpleasant. However, that does not make it illegal.

        I don't make the law. If you want there to be a law that limits the number of hours you can be requested to work, the way to accomplish that is to lobby your elected representatives for it, not to complain to me.
        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.

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