By law, how many days in a row can an employee be made to work 12 hours per day?

Asked on January 17, 2013 under Employment Labor Law, Connecticut


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 7 years ago | Contributor

The short answer is, "all of them." Except as indicated below, the law does not restrict how many hours or how many days in a row an employee could be made to work (though an hourly employee must be paid for all hours worked, including overtime when applicable).

1) If you have a written contract or union  agreement which specifies hours or shifts, you can't be made to work more than the contract allows.

2) A very small number of professions (pilot; truck driver; doctor) have maximum hours limited by law for safety reasons.

But other than 1) and 2), an employee can be made to work 365 12-hour days a year.

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