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Can my boss deny me my regular work hours?

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I was hired as a full time employee 40 hours per week. I work overtime quite often and get paid overtime with out quesiton. *(this is not an overtime question)* I have a personal matter to attend that is important and asked to leave two hours early on a date in December and gave a 2 week notice for this request. I asked my manger first who approved the time off with no concern, but it is procedure to also ask the supervisor. My supervisor made it a big deal for no real reason and then said yes. I wrote her a follow up stating I would skip my lunch brake and was happy to make up the additional hour, and thanked her for approving the time off. She then told me it was not approved to make up the one hour I will techniqually miss. Is it legal to deny me to make up that time when it is within my scheudled regular 40 hours per week? Also, I normally have overtime weekly from coming in early and leaving late. My manager is new and our HR person is gone on leave. I'm not sure of my rights, but I don't see how she can deny me regular hours. It will NOT be overtime.

michr
michr

In the US unless you a have a contract that specifically addresses this issue then your employer is well within their rights, you are not entitled to any hours, you work at the employers discretion...

jmd5306
jmd5306

I have only been in law school for 3 months so I am by no means an expert in the law yet. However, I do believe it is within your employer's rights to determine how many hours a week they want you to work. The only way I could see there being an issue is if you signed an agreement when you got hired stating that they were required to give you "no less than 40 hrs" per week. Be aware, however, that "full-time" does not necessarily mean "40 hours" in many states.

n2mama
n2mama

Do you have an employment contract guaranteeing you 40 hours a week? If not, your employer can schedule you any way they like, you are not entitled to or guaranteed any hours at all.


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