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    Colorado labor law questions.


    1) I know salaried (supervisory) employees are not eligible for overtime but is there some sort of limit to how much an employer can make an employee work? My wife has a new manager that is requiring salaried employees to work 12 days with no days off or 84 hours a week, with no idea of how long this will go on for. I understand that if the hours worked drops the employee below the threshold for the minimum wage that is a violation, is that true or was I misinformed?

    2)If that last is true is that the only recourse or do any other regulations apply?

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    With the exception of industries such as airline pilots and long-haul truckers, there are no laws mandating the maximum number of hours an employer can expect an exempt employee to work. There's no law that requires an employer to pay an exempt employee any additional pay for working extra hours, and no law related to averaging out the excess hours to keep someone at minimum wage for 84-hour weeks. While I'm not a fan of working someone for 12 seven-hour days, it's not illegal.
    I am not able to respond to private messages. Thanks!

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Marketeer View Post
      With the exception of industries such as airline pilots and long-haul truckers, there are no laws mandating the maximum number of hours an employer can expect an exempt employee to work. There's no law that requires an employer to pay an exempt employee any additional pay for working extra hours, and no law related to averaging out the excess hours to keep someone at minimum wage for 84-hour weeks. While I'm not a fan of working someone for 12 seven-hour days, it's not illegal.
      Well that seems rather--- awful. In any case, thank you for the prompt response.

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      • #4
        Colorado only has max. hrs. that can be worked for mines/smelters, cement/plastic factories, railroad trainman, ready-mix concrete drivers, fire fighters & minors.

        There are generally laws also re max. hrs. for long haul truck drivers & airline pilots (occupations where safety is a concern).

        A salaried exempt employee gets paid a regular fixed weekly salary no matter how many hrs. are worked.
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        • #5
          And I meant to say seven 12-hour days. Oops!
          I am not able to respond to private messages. Thanks!

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          • #6
            It's ok to work them for 12 seven hrs. days too subject to the exceptions. (no max. hrs.)
            Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. Leo Buscaglia

            Live in peace with animals. Animals bring love to our hearts and warmth to our souls.

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