Is my employer able to require me to stay past the scheduled shift?

I work 2nd shift in a distribution warehouse. The 2nd shift has been short staffed for quite some time and the supervisors are requiring the 2nd shift team to stay

Asked on January 3, 2018 under Employment Labor Law, Massachusetts

Answers:

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

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Unless you have a guaranteed schedule under the terms of an employment contract or union agreement, then you are an "at will" worker and subject to your company's control. Accordingly, you must work past your shift if required. If you do not, then you can be disciplined up to and including suspension or termination. In fact, you can be disciplined for not staying, or for any reason, or for no reason at all, with or without notice.


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