Can my employer make me work more then the hours I get paid for?

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Can my employer make me work more then the hours I get paid for?

I work for a large railroad company as a manager. I get paid a salary on my pay stub it actually says how many hours I work for each pay half but does not have an hourly wage. This company requires certain managers to actually work an extra 16 hours a month that they call value add time. Is this legal? Do I have to work

the hours if I don’t get paid for it?

Asked on November 20, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, California


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

It is perfectly legal: if you are paid on a salaried, not an hourly basis, your weekly salary is yout *total* compensation for all hours worked and all work done that week; and your empoyer has the right to make you work any number hours. If you don't work the hours they want, they can terminate you. If you are a salaried manager, ignore the hours printed on the pay stub--it's there because either the system automatically prints it on all paystubs, even managerial or salaried ones, and/or because the employer's internal processes artificially assign a set (and not relevant for any purpose) number of hours to salaried staff.

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