Maximum Days of an Employee Workweek

Many employees work on a varying schedule wherein their workweek is not always the same hours each week.  However, is the employee at the mercy of the employer as to how many hours or days a week they may be required to work?  The answer to this question is contained within Connecticut General Statute Section 53-303e.

Under Connecticut General Statute Section 53-303e, restrictions are placed on the employer as to how many days per week an employee is required to work.  Under subsection (a), no employer shall compel any employee engaged in any commercial occupation or in the work of any industrial process to work more than six days in any calendar week.  An employee’s refusal to work more than six days in any calendar week shall not constitute grounds for his dismissal.

If any employee feels that they have been subject to termination as a result of their refusal to work beyond the six day maximum per week, subsection (b) provides the employee redress.  Under subsection (b), any employee, who believes that their discharge was in violation of subsection (a) may appeal such discharge to the State Board of Mediation and Arbitration.  If said Board finds that the employee was discharged in violation of said subsection (a), it may order whatever remedy will make the employee whole, including but not limited to reinstatement to his former or a comparable position.

If you are an employee who believes that you have been terminated as a result of your refusal to work beyond the six day maximum provided by statute in the commercial or industrial process industry, or if you are an employer who has questions regarding an employee’s claims of violations, please call the experienced employment counsel at Harlow, Adams & Friedman, P.C. today at 203-878-0661 for a free consultation.

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