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Is It Legal to Work 7 Days a Week Without a Day Off?
(FLSA Explained)

Employees in most U.S. states are entitled to at least 1 day of rest out of 7, and employers cannot require their employees to work more than 6 days a week. However, certain employers can get permission from the Department of Labor to work their employees 7 days a week, but they can only do that a maximum of 8 weeks a year.
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Do Federal Laws Prohibit Working 7 Days in a Row?

The Federal Government does not specify how many days a person can work during a workweek. However, it does entitle non-exempt workers to overtime pay if they work too many hours during a given pay period.

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) states that the workweek is a fixed and regularly recurring period of 168 hours, or 7 consecutive 24-hour periods which can begin at any point during the calendar week. Once an employee’s workweek has been established, it cannot be changed in order to alter the number of hours he or she works in a week.

However, FLSA does not specify how many days you can work. It leaves that up to state law and your employment contract.

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What is the FLSA?

The FLSA establishes minimum wage, overtime pay, recordkeeping, and youth employment standards for employees in the private sector and in Federal, State, and local governments. Starting in July 2009, covered non-exempt workers are entitled to a minimum wage of at least $7.25 per hour. Overtime pay at a rate not less than 1.5x the regular rate of pay is required after 40 hours of work in a given workweek.

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How Does the FLSA Define Wages?

According to the FLSA, the term “wages” refers to all payments made to an employee as remuneration for employment. The term includes all forms of compensation, which may be alternatively called salary, profit sharing, expense account, monthly minimum, bonus, uniform cleaning allowance, hotel accommodations, use of company car, or gasoline allowance.

What Does FLSA Exempt Mean?

Employees exempt from FLSA regulations must generally be paid a salary above a certain level and work in an administrative, professional, executive, computer, or outside sales capacity. The U.S. Department of Labor has a duties test that can help employers determine who fits FLSA exempt status.

What’s the Problem With Working 7 Days a Week?

It is typically not recommended to work 7 days in a row without a break, as this can take a significant physical and mental toll which can negatively affect your productivity and overall well-being. It is important to take regular breaks and get enough rest in order to maintain your sanity.

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