Can your employer demand that you do overtime?
Question Details: My boss sends text messages saying that overtime is mandatory, like we are his slaves. I always reply by saying that I will give you the dates and times that I'm available. Others are intimidated and will not say any anything.
Yes, your employer may demand you do overtime--the employer, not the employee, determines when employees must work. (Exception: if you have a written employment contract specifiying your hours, the employer must respect that.) This is one consequence of "employment at will," which is the law of this land except when there is a written contract to the contrary. If you don't work overtime when required, you can be terminated.
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