What is the maximum number of hours in a day that an employee can be required to work in Mississippi?
Question Details: My employer is forcing us to work over 16 hours. Is it legal to force us to work more than 16 hours in a 24 hour day? Where can I find the information?
Generally, Mississippi follows federal law on labor law issues. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) does not limit the number of hours per day or per week that employees aged 16 years and older can be required to work. However, overtime may be required.
This federal law requires that some employees be paid overtime when they work more than 40 hours a week. The FLSA divides employees into categories of salaried employees. These are the “salaried exempt,” who are not protected by overtime laws, and the “non-exempt,” who are entitled to overtime. Exempt employees are “executives” or administrators”and they are not entitled to overtime. This depends on job duties for example the employee must have direction over at least two other people, and must be responsible for significant decision-making.
Note: Some exceptions apply under special circumstances to police and firefighters and to employees of hospitals and nursing homes.