If your job department is only Monday-Friday, can the employer make you come in on your off days, Saturday and Sunday?

I work Monday-Friday plus requires 2 hours of OT each day. My obligation to my kids are on the weekend, including doctor’s appointments. Can my job mandate I come in on my off day Saturday and Sunday? Is there anything I can do to not be forced to work my off days?

Asked on September 13, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Georgia


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

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Yes, your employer can mandate weekend hours unless this violates the terms of any applicable union agreement or employment contract. The fact is that most employment is "at will" which means that a company can set the conditions of work much as it sees fit (absent some form of leagally actionable discrimination). Bottom line you must either comply and work the hours that you are schedued for, refuse but risk termination, or quit. 

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