Employment Law/work hours


i have been told by my company i have worked for 4 years that because of new laws i can not work more than 28 per work this is killing me, if i go over they reduce my hours the following week is this a new law or not

Susan:  I am not familiar with any law directly requiring any class of employees to work fewer hours.  You should ask for a more detailed explanation of what the employer is telling you.  Perhaps they are saying that because of compliance costs with various employment laws, they can't afford to pay you full time any more, but in any event the employer should be willing to give you a complete reason for what they are doing.  Ask them to tell you which laws they are referring to, and then you can come back to this site and find out if what they are saying is true.

Sorry I can't give you more detail without more information, but I hope this is helpful to you.

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Frank C. Magill


I can answer questions about any U.S. labor or employment law question. I cannot answer questions about non-US law. I am not a specialist in employee benefit law (ERISA and HIPAA) or Workers' Compensation law, but will do my best to point questioners toward good resources availabe online. Expertise includes, without limitation, EEO/Affirmative Action/Employment discrimination (Title VII, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Americans With Disabilities Act, GINA, Fair Credit Reporting Act as applied to employment); Fair Labor Standards Act; Texas labor code; Family Medical Leave Act; employee compensation; discipline and dismissal; force reductions, severance pay programs and administration; collective bargaining, union representation, grievances and arbitration, National Labor Relations Act and National Labor Relations Board; employee handbooks; staffing; dispute resolution outside of traditional labor agreements; employee communications; employment policies and compliance programs; codes of ethics; employment or labor litigation.


30+ years experience as corporate counsel for a Fortune 100 telecom company, specializing in labor and employment law issues. In addition to providing day-to-day advice to my company's internal HR leadership and staff, I've represented the company in numerous labor arbitration cases and at the bargaining table.

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J.D. 1979, Harvard Law School. B.A., Summa Cum Laude, 1976, Illinois Wesleyan University.

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