US Employment Law – Can an exempt employee be forced to work over 25 days in a row?

An employer requires all accounting staff to work 12-16 hour days for 25+ continual days during year end closing. Does labor law set any limitation on # of hours or # of continual days without break?

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2 Responses to “US Employment Law – Can an exempt employee be forced to work over 25 days in a row?”

  1. Gem Says:

    Unless you are a government employee, then there are no limitations to overtime.

    The only thing you can do is talk to your co-workers and all go to your boss together and ask for time off. Expect to be the only person talking though, everytime I tried this my "with me" co-workers turned into sheep.

    Almost every accounting job I have had is the exact same way. Year end is the annual b*tch, and that is just an accounting fact.

    Feel lucky you aren’t in public accounting, the office I worked in had those hours from the middle of January until April 15.

    That taught me a valuable lesson about "salary", since then I always negotiate paid overtime (anything over 50 weekly) and at a minimum of one day off every 6, no exceptions.

    Good luck to you and thank goodness year end only comes once a year!

  2. jseah114 Says:

    Nope. Look at all the tax preparers that are working 16 hour days, 7 days a week during tax season. 25 days is nothing. My worst busy season, I worked every single day from the end of January until August. That’s over 6 months of required 55-60 hour weeks.