Salaried time requirements

Is there a limitation to the hours that can be required of a salaried employee? Is it governed by level of pay and responsibilities of the job? If so, where would I find this information?

2 answers  |  asked Dec 13, 2004 1:38 PM [EST]  |  applies to Ohio

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Neil Klingshirn
Maximum number of Hours

Ann is correct. Neither Ohio nor federal law limit the number of hours that an employer can require employees to work. Thus, if an employer requires employees to work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, it can terminate those employees who refuse to do so.

An exception, in Ohio, is if the employee is a minor. Ohio limits the number of hours that minors may work.

So, you may ask yourself, how can forcing someone to work without rest be lawful? The answer is that virtually no employer practice is unlawful until the government pass a law, or courts decide a case, making it unlawful. In the case of maximum number of hours, the government has not passed a law limiting the maximum, since it appears not to be much of a problem. That is, as a practical matter, once an employer sets ridiculous time requirements, employees quit, and the employer backs off.

Best regards,


posted by Neil Klingshirn  |  Dec 15, 2004 10:23 AM [EST]
Ann Lugbill
Salaried Time Requirements

Salaried employees have no maximum number of hours, unless they have a contract or there is
some other limit on their hours, such as by a licensing board.

To determine if you are properly classified as salaried, you should look at the U.S. Department of Labor website under "wage and hour."

posted by Ann Lugbill  |  Dec 13, 2004 4:41 PM [EST]

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