Mandatory Overtime for transcription

I work for a national Medical Transcription service and I am paid on a per line typed basis. I work a standard 40 hour week usually, but recently they have been forcing Mandatory overtime and this week have given me a mandatory 53 hour week. I have children and my husband travels extensively. Am I required to work ALL overtime demanded?

1 answer  |  asked Jul 31, 2006 10:16 PM [EST]  |  applies to Ohio

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Neil Klingshirn
The overtime law requires payment for overtime hours. It does not prohibit overtime hours

The federal overtime law does not restrict the number of hours that an employer can require its employees to work. Theoretically, the overtime law allows an employer to schedule employees 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and then fire them when they can't keep up. No one does that of course, but the point is that the law gives employers the freedom to do it if they wanted to do it.

The overtime law does, however, require employers to pay a premium (time and a half) for overtime hours. This gives employers an incentive not to schedule overtime work. It is also desireable to employees who have the freedom to work more than 40 hours a week. Therefore, try checking with your boss to see if someone else could voluntarily pick up your overtime hours. Your type of work would lend itself to such flexibility.

Best regards,


posted by Neil Klingshirn  |  Aug 1, 2006 08:00 AM [EST]

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