Is there a maximum number of hours worked in a week

In South Carolina, my husband has been required to work up to 18 hours a day.
They have hired more people but my husband has a work ethic and when the other
managers aren’t coming in for emergencies he does. He falls asleep just sitting
down for a minute. He gets 3 hours of sleep each night. He can work up to 7 days
a week. THey are taking advantage of him. I work in north carolina where you have
to have 8 hours between shifts and no more than a certain number of hours worked
in a period of time for fatigue. Is there anything like that in South Carolina?

Asked on October 22, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, South Carolina


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Unfortuantely, South Carolina does not appear to generally regulate maximum hours worked or minimum number of hours between shifts; in SC, an employee can be scheudled to work 24/7/365. (There may be exceptions for certain individual jobs, like in transportation.)
Your husband can be required to keep up this punishing schedule. He may need to look for other employment.

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