Can I be forced to work every Saturday

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Can I be forced to work every Saturday

My contract states that I have to work 38.5
hours per week. It does not state that this has
to include weekends. When I started 2 years
ago I worked Tues-Sat every week. However
since Jan of this year I have been alternating
Tues-Sat one week and Mon-Fri the next. The
store manager has now refused to let me
continue this rota. What are my rights?

Asked on October 8, 2019 under Employment Labor Law, Alaska


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

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

The fact is that, as a general rule, an employer can set the conditions of the workplace much as it sees fit. This includes what days to schedule an empoyee to report. Accordingly, unless your contract states that you cannot be made to work every Saturday, you have no claim here.

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