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Can I legally protest my employee work schedule?

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All employee work schedules must follow the guidelines of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Government and private sector employees whose schedules are prohibited by the FLSA can file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division, according to the department's website.

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Can I legally protest my employee work schedule?
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Instructions on how to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division are available in multiple languages on the department's website.

The FLSA defines hours worked as the amount of time employees are required to be at their jobs or somewhere else in the process of doing their jobs, according to the U.S. Department of Labor website. For instance, a deliveryman is still at work when he is in the process of delivering goods. The FLSA further mandates that employers keep a poster of the law's requirements and that employers keep records of the hours worked by their employees. The FLSA also has provisions dealing with child labor.

Overtime pay is required for any hours above a 40-hour work week, according to the U.S. Department of Labor website. Overtime pay must be at least 1 1/2 times the normal hourly rate. There is no set maximum of overtime hours, and the FLSA does not require overtime pay for work on holidays and weekends.

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