Posted by Tamara
According to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), scheduling is strictly between the employer and its employees. That means that under federal law, a company could schedule a worker 7 days in a row. There is no federal law which mandates companies give workers a day off.
A few states have enacted laws at the state level requiring businesses to give employees one day off per week. These laws are often referred to as “one in seven” laws, because they require employers to give workers one day’s rest in seven. Illinois is one of the states with a “one in seven” law.
Other state laws mandate that employees, usually those in the retail industry, be paid a premium rate for working on Sunday.
Maryland doesn’t have a “one in seven” law, nor does it require premium pay for working on Sunday. In fact, a Maryland employer can legally schedule an employee to work 365 days in a row, every year.
Maryland employers are, however, required to pay overtime for more than 40 hours in one work week. FLSA is the relevant law, and applies to employers with at least $500,000 per year in revenue, or to companies that engage in interstate commerce. Generally a business will hire additional workers to avoid consistently paying 16 or more hours of overtime every week. This practice is perfectly legal.
Generally, businesses operate on a 5 or 6 day workweek. For most industries, there are no laws specifically regulating the number of days in a workweek. There are, of course, a few industries with strict requirements about how many days an employee can be on the job.
OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) and DOT (Department of Transportation) have set regulations for certain types of occupations. For example, truck drivers and airline pilots are limited to the number of consecutive days they can work. These guidelines do not apply, however, to the majority of employees.
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