Can my employer make me work 8 days in a row without a day off?

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Can my employer make me work 8 days in a row without a day off?

I am on light duty due to an on the job injury. I have worked my regular schedule since December 7th 2017 on light duty. 2 days ago the DON said that I cant have off Thursday tomorrow because light duty is Monday through Friday and no weekends but they didn’t inform me of this until 2 days ago. I was hoping my doctor would release me to full duty and now cause they changed it all on me it would make me work 8 days in a row without a day off. Can they do that?

Asked on February 28, 2018 under Employment Labor Law, Pennsylvania


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

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Yes, your employer can do this. There is no legal limit on how many days that a worker can be scheduled for, unless so stipulated under th terms of an employment contract or union agreemnt. That is unless they work in certain jobs in the medical field, are an airline pilot, truck driver or other regulated worker. 

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