Forced to stay over at work – Maryland

I was previously drafted at work and forced to work an extra 2 hours. However, due to the fact that we do not have paid lunches, we only get paid for 75 hours bi-weekly, which means for my first 5 hours of

Asked on July 13, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Maryland

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Yes, your employer can "draft" you to do work--require you to work longer or different hours--and only has to pay you your base wage for doing so; they do not owe you any shift differential or other premium pay if you are working outside the hours that get such additional compenation. Your employer, not you, determines your hours and when you work; that is part of "employment at will," which is the law of this land (except if and only to the extent changed by an in-effect written employment contracted).


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