Can an employer make you take pto if you call in after working 40 hours?

They are making me working Saturdays. After a 40 hour work week. If we call in on a Saturday they said we have to take PTO. Is that legal?

Asked on December 28, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Arkansas


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

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Unless this action violates the terms of an employment contract or union agreement, your company can set the conditions of the workplace much as it sees fit (absent some form of legally actionable discrimination). Specifically, PTO is generally not required to be given under the law, therefore to the extent that a business chooses to provide it, it can set the conditions under which it can be used. 

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