Asked in Employment Law for Utah

Q: Is forced overtime legal? And if so, is there a time limit for prolonged forced overtime?

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Lincoln W. Hobbs

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  • Salt Lake City, UT
  • Licensed in Utah

A: An employer can require you to work as many hours as they wish, provided they compensate you in accordance with overtime laws. They cannot "force" you to do it, in that you can decline, and quit or get fired. If your employer is making you work more than you want, I'd suggest that you try to find a new job. It's much easier to find a job when you are currently employed and don't need to explain why you left your last job.

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