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  • forced to work on day off? CO Colorado

    i work for a company that is constantly adding to our list of "duties and responsibilities". the latest amendment has the manager requiring a set time for employees to come in and work...which is compensated but is extra above and beyond the 40hr work week. this time they have set happens to fall on my day off. a meeting got pretty heated when i was told that if i didn't come in on my day off make calls then we could have a meeting with HR. can i be fired for not coming in on my day off, can they require me to work on my day off??

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    Yes you can be fired for not coming in on a day you expected to have off.
    I post with the full knowledge and support of my employer, though the opinions rendered are my own and not necessarily representative of their position. In other words, I'm a free agent.

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    • #3
      And yes, they can require you to work on your scheduled day off.
      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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      • #4
        crazy...so there is no law offering an employee a break from their job...if an employer so wishes, there could be a 7 day work week? 2 days away from work in a week is a gift from an employer?
        Last edited by bama16; 02-08-2008, 08:42 AM.

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        • #5
          In most states and most industries, that is correct.
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          • #6
            Also, there is no law that says an employer cannot change an employee's assigned duties. However a change in duties might risk an existing Exempt classification.
            "Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away".
            Philip K. **** (1928-1982)

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            • #7
              Originally posted by bama16 View Post
              crazy...so there is no law offering an employee a break from their job...if an employer so wishes, there could be a 7 day work week? 2 days away from work in a week is a gift from an employer?
              correct there is no law, but you are free to never accept a job that requires that of you and you are free to leave a job that starts requiring that.

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              • #8
                And the employer is also free to fire you if you refuse to work the "extra" time.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by bama16 View Post
                  crazy...so there is no law offering an employee a break from their job...if an employer so wishes, there could be a 7 day work week? 2 days away from work in a week is a gift from an employer?
                  Take heart.

                  Two states (that is all of 4% of the country) have limits on mandatory overtime for most employees.

                  Some industries in California cannot work you more than 72 hours a week unless you want to. All industries in Maine, with some exceptions, cannot work you more than 120 hours this week, so long as you worked no more than 40 hours last week and then they cannot force you to work more than 40 hours next week.
                  Senior Professional in Human Resources and Certified Staffing Professional with over 30 years experience. Any advice provided is based upon experience and education, but does not constitute legal advice.

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