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I just want to know if there is anything that I can specifically reference online with regards to the following.

Employee is salaried. Employee worked overtime in a single week: over 30 hour shift followed by 20 hour shift where employee had 6 hours of sleep between shifts during "expected work hours".

Employee manual states that deviation from expected work hours requires PTO, and thus was forced to take PTO in order to sleep.

Apparently United States allows severe abuse of Salary employees as everyone knows, but I have a hard time imagining there isn't something that protects the employee from that.

  • What state are you in? – DJClayworth Apr 12 '19 at 16:53
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    The person isn't a medical resident or something like that, are they? – mkennedy Apr 12 '19 at 18:02
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    There are only 168 hours in a calendar week, remind me not to work for this company – cdkMoose Apr 12 '19 at 18:22
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    What are you asking? – John R. Strohm Apr 14 '19 at 0:27
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    Are you using "shift" in the sense that you where ordered / rostered to do 30 hours straight followed by 20 ? – Neuromancer Apr 14 '19 at 23:31
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PTO is the wrong thing to be worried about here. It's kind of like someone running over your dog and then focusing on how it messed up the edging on your lawn.

There is basically no reason for a salaried employee to ever consent to working 30 hours straight, let alone come back to work another 20 hours shortly after that. I'd recommend setting boundaries with the boss/company about the length of a shift and similar things. However, if the situation has deteriorated to where someone works 50 hours over 2-3 days and the company complains about you sleeping, then you should probably just leave; it's not realistic to believe that is going to improve to a healthy situation.

In terms of legal protection, salaried employees in most states are not signing their life over, but instead agreeing to work around 40 hours a week. In many cases there are complaints you can file, and or grounds where you can sue. In all legal things, save written communication, write down verbal conversations, and consult a local lawyer.

  • there are occasions when salaried staff do work that long but that's extremally rare I can only think of one time I did over 30 - the op implies they where told to do it – Neuromancer Apr 14 '19 at 23:34

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