Can I legally be forced to work 24-72 hours consecutively?

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Can I legally be forced to work 24-72 hours consecutively?

Asked on January 17, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Ohio

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SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Yes, your employer can almost always make you work 24 - 72 hours consecutively; there are exceptions for certain jobs where safety requires breaks (e.g. airline pilots, truck drivers, doctors in certain states) or if you have a contract setting maximum hours. But other than that, you can be required to work any number of hours the employer wants. If you are an hourly employee, you'd have to be paid for all hours worked, and also paid overtime as appropriate.


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