May an employer require its employees to work overtime?

Author: Michael Cardman, XpertHR Legal Editor

Nothing in the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) prevents an employer from requiring its adult employees to work more than 40 hours in a workweek. However, the FLSA place limits on the number of hours that minors ages 14 and 15 may work. Also, other federal and certain state overtime laws may regulate the maximum number of hours that an employee may work. For example, US Department of Transportation regulations limit the number of hours that truck drivers may work. In another example, Maine forbids an employer from requiring many employees to work more than 80 hours of overtime in any consecutive two-week period.