Can a company mandate mandatory minimum hours for salaried exempt employees?

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Can a company mandate mandatory minimum hours for salaried exempt employees?

From January to the middle of November, our company mandates a 48 hour work
week, and the last 6 weeks of the year is anywhere from 52-65. All of this while our
paycheck reflects 40 hours pay. Shouldnt we be compensated for the extra hours
mandated?

Asked on October 31, 2018 under Employment Labor Law, New Jersey

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

If you are an exempt employee who is paid salary, then your employer can schedule you for as many hours as it sees fit unless doing so would violate the terms of a union agreement or employment contract. Whether or not your paycheck reflects these extra hours does not matter, since you are not eligible for overtime pay (exempt workers are not covered by OT laws). The fact is that a biusiness can set the conditions of the workplace much as it sees fit, abesent some form of legally actionable discriminaton.

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

If you are an exempt employee who is paid salary, then your employer can schedule you for as many hours as it sees fit unless doing so would violate the terms of a union agreement or employment contract. Whether or not your paycheck reflects these extra hours does not matter, since you are not eligible for overtime pay (exempt workers are not covered by OT laws). The fact is that a biusiness can set the conditions of the workplace much as it sees fit, abesent some form of legally actionable discriminaton.


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