How many days in a row can an employer require you to work?

My son lives in Maine for a tree cutting company. They are in Florida helping with the relief effort cutting up trees. His employer has them working 17 hours a day 7 days a week. How long can that go on before they have to give them a day off?

Asked on September 16, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Virginia

Answers:

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

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Unless there is a limit as to the number of days in a row that your son's employer can schedule him, he can be made to work as often as it deems necessary. The fact is that in an "at will" employment relationship, a company can set the conditions of work much as it sees fit (absent some form of legally actionable discrimination). Therefore unless his treatment violates the terms of an employment contract or union agreement, he has no claim.

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

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Unless there is a limit as to the number of days in a row that your son's employer can schedule him, he can be made to work as often as it deems necessary. The fact is that in an "at will" employment relationship, a company can set the conditions of work much as it sees fit (absent some form of legally actionable discrimination). Therefore unless his treatment violates the terms of an employment contract or union agreement, he has no claim.


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