How Many Hours A Week Can A Person On Salary Legally Work?

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Lia Louis answered
Government mandated hours of work will vary according to your country of residence, and there are so many exceptions to the standard that cases need to be examined on an individual basis.  For current, reliable information your best option is to search out a government site to research applicable law governing hours of work. 

For example, The Federation of European Employers  has published a table outlining legal maximum hours for work weeks in various countries, ranging from a high of 50 hours in Austria to 39.68 for France www.fedee.com/workinghours.shtml  The information is interesting but the numbers appear to be approximations, as several variables are mentioned on the site that are not factored into their results.  

If you look at U.K. General guidelines, they define a work week as 48 hours averaged out over 17 weeks.  Possible exceptions would be the armed forces, emergency services, police, executives who set their own hours and private domestic servants, to name a few.  The regulations governing hours of work for the group designated "young workers” differ again from those for the general population. 

It is also possible to voluntarily "opt out” of the 48 hour limit if you are 18 or over and wish to work more.  Specifics on this and other resources for further information are available at

www.direct.gov.uk/en/Employment/Employees/WorkingHoursAndTim

In Canada, you would want to refer to Canadian Labour Code information at website www.hrsdc.gc.ca/eng/labour/employment_standards/fls/resource  Human Resources and Skills Development Canada quotes relevant sections of the code verifying that a 40 hour week is standard for most employees and that 48 hours is specified as a maximum.

Government directories are notoriously hard to navigate, but they are ultimately the only reliable source to steer you appropriately through relevant labour law and provide guidance to deal with unfair labour practices.
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I'm working 50-55 hours a week, I'm on a salary and considered exempt, how many hours can my company make me work without over time or compensation?
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I worked in a restaurant as a supervisor and worked 53-60 hours and was paid salary 500.00 a week before taxes...is this legal
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Being on "salary" pay status ask you virtually immune to overtime eligibility-- so a company can practically require any amount of hours to do the job.  In US., FLSA should regulate which jobs can be determined salaried or hourly as far as pay.  Most hourly paid positions  require a great deal of administrative, hands on, tasks.  Check FLSA law if you think your job is mis-classified as salary when it should be hourly paid.
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I am a manager at a papermill. My salary is based on 44 hours per week. I am considered non-exempt, so I do not get compensation for hours worked in the excess of 44 hours. Basically, if I can do my job within 44 hours successfully, so be it. If I can't and require more time per week, so be it. The contract is, to manage and to provide the service they are paying you for.

The trick used is; they schedule us on weekend duty. Meaning we must respond if there is a need during the weekend. Another trick is, that they have a regular scheduled meeting on Sat. & Sun. Morning. So, basically they force you to be on the job.

If this is worth it? That is the question we all have to ask ourselves. Technically, we don't make decent money per hour; but the overall yearly wage is liveable and comfortable. You have to look at your priorities. Supporting your family at your expense. (your time and life!)
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My husband works approximately 72+ hours a week. He tries to take a day off, but the call him in. The only day off he has is Sunday. Sometimes he has to work then too. Is there some type of law that prohibits him form working so many hours. His employers really don't care. I think they would like to get rid of him, but He is the only person in that department and he has been there the longest. 30 years. He is in the newspaper business and his pay is salary.
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I work 78 hours a week on salary is that legal?
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Can anybody advise me with regard to the working week, I am employed by a large bus operator, and  4 days out of 5 we operate 12 hr shifts , I  don't say that we drive 12hrs a day but we are in the work place for that length of time. Is this legal ? And if not who can we report our employer to.
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My salary is 4000 and I work for 26 days in a month with 4 week off , how much my salary should be
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I work 40 hour a week I'm on salary..my question is if I take a day or 2 days off I still get paid rght.cause sometimes I work 60 hours a week..need your help an a day home
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Your salary should be based on 50 hrs a week if you go over that you haould have an houry rate worked out with you doss.some companies have it at 60 hrs
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Suhail Ajmal answered
Normally it is 40 hours a week but it also depends upon your contract on which you are working. There are no special laws in many countries for it but some countries do have laws. I am not sure where you live?

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