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How many hours is too many to work?

I’m a manager at a fast food restaurant and the owners they don’t care how many hours a manager works as long as it’s 45 plus. I work 60 to 70 hours a week 6 days a week, sometimes 7. I also can work from 10 hours to 14-17 hours a day but don’t get paid for anything more than $11 an hour. I want to know when enough is enough. All of us managers, even our area managers, are worn down and we are working sick inside of a restaurant, literally sick. However, our owners don’t care.

Asked on October 21, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Michigan

Answers:

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

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Since you are a manager, you are what is known as "exempt". This means that overtime laws do not apply to you. Therefore, you are not legally entitled to OT pay. If you were "non-exempt" then overtime laws would cover you. That having been said, at this point you need to determine if you are actually a "manager" as defined by law. Here is a link to a site that will explain further: http://flsa.com/coverage.html If you feel that you are non-exempt instead of exempt, then you may have a claim for overtime pay. You can contact your state's department of labor for further information. As for your hours, other than for certain professions (truck friver, airline pilot, some medical personnel, etc.), there are no restrictions on the amount of hours an employee can be scheduled to work.

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

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Since you are a manager, you are what is known as "exempt". This means that overtime laws do not apply to you. Therefore, you are not legally entitled to OT pay. If you were "non-exempt" then overtime laws would cover you. That having been said, at this point you need to determine if you are actually a "manager" as defined by law. Here is a link to a site that will explain further: http://flsa.com/coverage.html If you feel that you are non-exempt instead of exempt, then you may have a claim for overtime pay. You can contact your state's department of labor for further information. As for your hours, other than for certain professions (truck friver, airline pilot, some medical personnel, etc.), there are no restrictions on the amount of hours an employee can be scheduled to work.


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