Q: How long can I be required to stay on shift if my relief doesn't show for their shift? I work at a hotel in Kentucky.
I recently stayed due to weather because the only person coming in had only worked one day. I tried to get a little sleep during his shift because I'd already worked 8hrs and had to be back on duty 8 hrs after his shift but now they won't pay me for the hours I stayed.
A: Federal law does not set maximum hour caps on how much employees can work, so even if your employer requires you to work 24 or more hours at a time, this is not an unlawful act. However, you must be paid for all the time you spend performing work. In your situation, you must be paid for all the time you spent working while covering the other employee's shift.
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