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Can you be forced to work 7 days a week?

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  • Can you be forced to work 7 days a week?

    My cousin's husband's workweek has been changed from 5 days, 8 hour shifts to 7 days 5 hour shifts. It's bad enough they are cutting 5 hours, but isn't he entitled to a day off? He works in the state of Ohio.

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    A few States require "one day of rest in seven" but a search at Ohio's DOL web site strongly suggests Ohio is not one of them since the "wage and hour" section at the web site is only a link to the federal Department of Labor. If your husband doesn't care for his work schedule (and I can certainly see why he wouldn't), then his recourse is to find a new job elsewhere with working hours more to his liking.


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      This is to confirm that Ohio does not require any days off. Technically, in Ohio, you could be required to work 24/7.
      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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