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Thank you for a quick response. To give you some insight, I have worked for this company 2.5 years and have always complied with my employers work requests. However, I, as other employees, have families, homes, along with other personal responsibilities. To expect an employee to be available 365 days per year, is not acceptable in my eyes. Often, I may not know that I have to work Saturday and Sunday until the Thursday or Friday prior. By then, I may have already planned a family event or have a family event to attend, i.e.; wedding, graduation, etc. Also not acceptable, is to continue to work when I'm exhausted. In the work environment I'm in, this can cause injury to myself or others. When I hired in, I was never informed that I have to be available 365 days per year. Does that provide me with an argument if necessary? If an employer informs me on Thursday or Friday that I have to work the weekend after putting in my 40 hours, but have already made personal plans, can I refuse the work without being fired?
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