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how many hours can you legally work in a day

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how many hours can you legally work in a day
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Employment Law
Expert:  Law Educator, Esq. replied 7 years ago.
Under NM Statute 50-4-30 - Daily maximum hours of employment; exceptions.

A. No employee other than a fireman, law enforcement officer or farm or ranch hand whose duties require them to work longer hours, or employees primarily in a stand-by position, shall be required to work for any employer within the state more than sixteen hours in any one day of twenty-four hours except in emergency situations. B. Any person violating any of the provisions of this act [section] shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.

If you are a restaurant employee, then NM Statute

50-4-13 Hours of employment; eating establishments.

Any person or persons, firm, association or corporation, owning any hotel, restaurant, cafe or eating house within this state, shall not be allowed to cause any male employee therein to labor more than ten hours in any twenty-four hours of any one day, nor more than seventy hours in any one week of seven days. The hours of labor may be so arraigned [arranged] so as to permit the employment of any male employee so engaged at any time so that they shall not work more than ten hours in any twenty-four hours of any one day, nor more than seventy hours in any one week of seven days.


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Customer: replied 7 years ago.
i was told that you can work up to 20 hours in a day. i am a nurse and usually work 16 to 18 hours a day due to working 2 jobs at two different facilities owned by the same company
Expert:  Law Educator, Esq. replied 7 years ago.
I am sorry I found no such statutes other than the two I cited above and I did not make them up.
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