How many days in a row can an employee be made to work without a day off?

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How many days in a row can an employee be made to work without a day off?

My employer has made me work 7 days a week, no less than 8 hours a day and often up to 12 hours a day. I have not had a day off in over 7 months. Is this legal?

Asked on November 17, 2011 under Employment Labor Law, Tennessee

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

Yes, it is legal--the law does not require that anyone ever have a day off, or limit how many hours someone may work. If you are an exempt employee--exempt from overtime that is, as many, but not all salaried employees are (go to the Department of Labor website to see the tests for when someone is exempt, if you are not sure about your status)--you are not owed any additional compenstation for working 24/7/365; you just get your salary.

If you are not exempt from overtime, as all hourly employee and some salaried are not, you must be paid overtime if you work more than 40 hours in a week. And if you are an hourly employee, you must be paid for all hours worked.


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