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Can you as the employer require an exempt employee work weekends?

work overtimeThe situation: The next couple weeks are going to be busier than usual for us.  Can I require my exempt employees to work weekends?  If so, do I need to pay them for extra hours? 

Yes, you can require an exempt employee to work weekends and not pay them extra, assuming they are properly classified this way. It’s pretty standard for exempt employees to be asked to work late or put in additional time on occasion, and in most cases, there is no expectation of extra pay. Although there are some exceptions, exempt employees are generally entitled to their full salary regardless of how many hours they work during the week—in other words, taking a long lunch, leaving early, or working extra hours in the evening or on a weekend doesn’t change their pay.

Posted Date: 2020-08-05

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