What are the maximum hours that a salaried employee can be required to work?
I'm trying to find out if there is a maximum amount of hours an employer can require a salaried employee to work without any labor Laws being broke. I'm actually concerned for my son who is a Dock Supervisor for a trucking company. He is working between 14 and 16 hours every day and its killing him and his marriage. These days you can"t be without a job and I give him credit for not just walking away. He knows he has to find something else but he can't even get the time to search for new employment. He's very good at his job and the company is really taking advantage of that.
To begin with, you have my sympathy as well as my agreement--your son is doing what he needs to, but it's very unfortunate that he needs to work that hard.
That said, unfortunately there is no upper limit on how many hours a company can require an exempt employee to work, outside of a very few industries (airline pilots; truck drivers; doctors in a few states) where the hours are limited owing to safety concerns. Companies are taking advantage of the bad economy to work people harder than ever but its legal.
You say his title is "Dock Supervisor." If he manages other people and if he makes at least $455 a week, he probably is legitimately an exempt employee. However, if he doesn't *meaningfully* manage others--i.e he has no real authority over them, no input into hiring and firing, and is more a "team leader" than a "manager"--he might actually be a non-exempt employee and at least be entitled to overtime. If you go to the Dept. of Labor website and look under "wages and hours" (you'll have to poke around a little; it's not a well-organized site), you will be able to find the test(s) for whether someone is truly exempt (what's often called "salaried") or whether they need to be paid overtime.