If I recently had to work 19 hours in a 24-hour timeframe, is this legal?

UPDATED: Mar 28, 2019

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If I recently had to work 19 hours in a 24-hour timeframe, is this legal?

I work 12 hours shifts.

Asked on March 28, 2019 under Employment Labor Law, Pennsylvania


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Except for a few industries where maximum hours or consecutive hours, etc. are regulated for safety reasons, such as truck drivers, airline pilots, and the like, there are no maximum hours in a 24-hour time frame: your employer can require you work 24 hours straight, for example. If you are an hourly employee (paid based on the hours you work, and not paid an annual salary that is independent of your hours), you would have to be paid for all hours worked (and overtime, when you work more than 40 hours in a week), but you can still be required to work as many hours as your employer likes.

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