7 days consecutive work? Isn't that i...

7 days consecutive work? Isn't that illegal?

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Cookeville, TN

#1 Apr 14, 2011
I have worked the last 9 days in a row at my job. I heard its against federal law to do this. How they do it is put me on the schedule for 5 days in one week and make me work 4 more days at the beginning of the next week. And I work retail. Any advice?

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Stew Pid

Cookeville, TN

#3 Apr 14, 2011
The only legal limit on the number of days/hours is for minors
http://www.tn.gov/labor-wfd/faq_laws.html

If you work more than 40 hours in a week you're entitled to overtime pay (1.5 x regular rate) for hours above 40.

And they can't "make" you work. You can choose not to work and they can choose to fire you.

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imoiaar

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#4 Apr 14, 2011
imao you pansy. ive had to work more than a month straight without a day off. on average i only get 2 days off per month. money is money though. im well compensated for my time so it works out. tennessee is a right to work state. meaning if they dont like you they have the right to get rid of you for someone who will gladly work 7 days a week

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#5 Apr 14, 2011
It's not how many days you work it's how many HOURS you work without breaks. Quit complaining and do your damn job or I'll be happy to come take your place.

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YaGottaBKiddin

Cookeville, TN

#6 Apr 14, 2011
Hey, at least you get time to sleep. My husband has worked 36 hrs b/f and he surely didn't complain. He did sleep alot after that though......jeez you should be happy you got a job.....

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dead tired

Cookeville, TN

#7 Apr 14, 2011
When I did factory work, the longest I was able to go was ....7 days a week for 5 months, 22 days ....of 12 hr shifts...then I was laid off.

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Cookeville, TN

#8 Apr 14, 2011
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I have worked the last 9 days in a row at my job. I heard its against federal law to do this. How they do it is put me on the schedule for 5 days in one week and make me work 4 more days at the beginning of the next week. And I work retail. Any advice?
So retail, and they put you on for a few days on one work week schedule, then the rest on the beginning of next? Question: Do you work at Wal-Mart? Because that sounds like something they would do.

I see people are all telling you to be glad you got a job, but I don't think they get that your not getting any overtime from this. Retail work is a pain as it is, and working 9 days in a row...yeah, I feel your pain there!

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from me

Fort Worth, TX

#10 Apr 15, 2011
Try working for averitt if you want to be screwed.
wheeee

York, SC

#11 Apr 15, 2011
Poor baby. Quit and I'll apply. My husband pulls 30-36 hr shifts w only breaks and doesn't say a word. What a poon.

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Work needed

United States

#12 Apr 15, 2011
I understand where you are coming from, because many retail and grocery stores do that. I have worked at a grocery store that had a union, and if you were to work all 7 days in the week, then you got paid time and a half even if it didn't add up to a full 40 or over hours. The way they would get ya was schedule you 6 days that week and not have a day off until the following thursday or friday. I have worked 12 days straight, 40 hours a week. But it is not illegal. It's just a matter of the company finding loop holes to do it's business. The only time I complained was when all of those shifts were closing shifts. Being single parent with one child in school,it stressed me. But I made it work. It was a choice of having the job or not having a job.
26 years on job

United States

#13 Apr 16, 2011
Over 40 hours in a week and you should get OT. But if youre part time the you may work lots of days in a row without getting OT or days off. Many companies are using part timers so they aren't out full time benefits.
Stick with it until you can get a better deal. If you're just starting out you may have to work some crappy hours until you get some seniority. You don't start out with everything you want always.
I know a woman who works at a local dock when they open in the spring and she works 180 days in a row!
26 years on job

United States

#15 Apr 16, 2011
Lighten up dipsh!ts. the guy just asked a simple question about his rights. I'm sure none of you know -it-alls ever complain about your job do you?

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What I am hearing you say

Columbia, SC

#16 Apr 16, 2011
So my honest thought on this post is that this person is accustomed to living on Foodstamps/tenncare ect and this amount of hours may possibly put them over the income limit and then they would have to keep up the work. This would be horrible- one less welfare case. Be greatful for every hour you get and if all you can do is complain about it quit - there are people looking for jobs that deserve it.

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Cookeville, TN

#17 Apr 16, 2011
What I am hearing you say wrote:
So my honest thought on this post is that this person is accustomed to living on Foodstamps/tenncare ect and this amount of hours may possibly put them over the income limit and then they would have to keep up the work. This would be horrible- one less welfare case. Be greatful for every hour you get and if all you can do is complain about it quit - there are people looking for jobs that deserve it.
I love how someone asked a question and people like you turn it into something its not. Not everyone is on foodstamps, idiot.

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are you serious

Aberdeen, SD

#18 May 8, 2011
What I am hearing you say wrote:
So my honest thought on this post is that this person is accustomed to living on Foodstamps/tenncare ect and this amount of hours may possibly put them over the income limit and then they would have to keep up the work. This would be horrible- one less welfare case. Be greatful for every hour you get and if all you can do is complain about it quit - there are people looking for jobs that deserve it.
Ok really? All this person wanted to know is if it was legal or not. Damn, accusing them of being on foodstamps? REALLY? You're pathetic!! And for all you others bitching about this, get over it. Who the fuck cares how many hours you work a week? All this person was asking was if it was legal or not to work 7 days straight. They didnt wanna be ridiculed or accused of being lazy.

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been there

Manchester, TN

#19 May 8, 2011
SISSY I HAVE WORKED 37 1/4 HRS BILLABLE TIME STRAIGHT. ONE CHANGE OF CLOTHES AND 2 MEALS. MAN UP GIRLLY BOY

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all work and no play

Byrdstown, TN

#20 May 19, 2011
im sorry bout ur luck im on my 38th straight day working 12 hour days n 2 hour drive time. IM BLESSED TO B ABLE TO WORK EVERYDAY IN THIS ECONOMY!! come on now quit crying you at least have a job most people these days would b glad to take your place.
wtf

Santa Barbara, CA

#21 May 19, 2011
lmfao. roflmfap. lol. wtf. $^$(* roflmao wtf lol.
Lisa

Jamestown, TN

#22 May 21, 2011
Several years ago I worked 7 days a week for 6 weeks...I was dead tired but what a load of money I had...but I also ended up with depression too so you have to be careful. Point is, all work & no rest screws with your head & everyone knows this.

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Jones

Grand Junction, CO

#23 May 24, 2011
I've been trying to look up the federal law regarding this question and haven't found anything yet. My mom used to work for a big corporation who said that it was against the law to work over 14 days without a day off. I don't know what the laws are currently. As far as retail, I think that they can schedule you that many days in a row as long as it is no more than 5 days per "work week". So they can work you more than 5 days in a row depending on how they schedule you.(been there, done that)
My husband has been working practically non-stop for 3 months with an average of 12-16 hours per day, he's had literally 3 days off in that period of time. I'm curious what the laws are because I don't believe that it should be legal to work someone that long. I'm grateful that he has work, but I would also like him to live through it. Any of you out there who criticize someone because they want a decent job w/some time off, you are ridiculous. I am happy to have a 40 hour week job so that I can be there for my children who require someone to raise them and care for them. We are blessed to have jobs in this economy, but at what cost?! I sure would like to have my husband make it home alive, and not end up in an accident on the side of the road because he's been overworked for way too long. All you judgmental people out there need to back off!

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