I work for a public retail company and they have been making associates stay past their scheduled closing shifts and at the end of the week telling them to come in later and/or leave early so they don"t have to pay us overtime. Is this legal??
State/Country relating to question: Missouri
Welcome and thank you for your question!In other words, the employer is having the associates adjust their start/end times so that they do not work in excess of 40 hours in a week?
Yes, we are scheduled 39hrs per week. When we are scheduled to close we work 2-11pm. We are having to stay sometimes 1-2hrs after our scheduled time @11 by management. On Thursday and Friday of that same week management tells the associates to cut their hours so we do not get Overtime
Thank you. Yes, management has 100% discretion to make those last-minute scheduled adjustments.It may seem to be totally unfair. I understand that. However, it's entirely legal. Management has that discretion. There's no law which prohibits management from doing that.It has been my pleasure to assist you today with your information needs. It is my goal that you are satisfied. No expert can promise you an answer that is favorable to your circumstances. But I will do my very best to explain the legal principles that are related to the facts you’ve described so that you can better understand the “why” of things. What are your options now?If you wish to continue this conversation, click on the Continue Conversation link. If you are satisfied that I have answered your question, then please rate the answer with a four or a five so that I receive credit for assisting you. Positive ratings are the only way I receive credit for assisting you today.IF you feel the need to click either "Helped a little" or "I expected more," then do not rate me (not yet, anyway!). Instead, reply to me using the REPLY or CONTINUE CONVERSATION button. Specify what additional information you need and I will be happy to continue further and do everything I can to provide you with the service you seek. Thanks, ~~ J.B.
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