Is this illegal making someone work 12 hours then 3 hours later have them work for another12 hours?

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Is this illegal making someone work 12 hours then 3 hours later have them work for another12 hours?

My husband had gotten taken out of his element. His usual route is 7 am to around 7 pm. However, for some reason they said yesterday we need you at 4 pm. And made him work until 4 am knowing he had work at 7 am again that day with them. Why would they make him work that 12 hour shift that wasn’t even his regular time then 3 hours apart later work 12 hours again. He didn’t even have time to sleep or go home to change. Regular time was 7 am to 7 pm. Made him work 4 pm until 4 am(3 hours apart) and that same day 7 am until 7 pm.

Asked on November 4, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Minnesota

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

This is perfectly legal. An  employer may make an employee work any number of hours or shifts, as long as there is no employment contract preventing this. If the employee is hourly, he must be paid for all hours worked, including overtime when he works more than 40 hours in a week. Salaried staff, however, do not receive any additional compensation.


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