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Yes, there is not a specific limit by law on the number of hours a person can work in a day. In certain occupations, like nursing and paramedics they often work multiple shifts back to back. (i.e. pulling a double).
Correct, the overtime laws only apply to over 40 hours in a work week. There is no daily limit. So theoretically someone could work 40 straight hours if the employer allowed it without having to pay overtime..
Again...that would be up to the employer, but once they go over 40 hours in a work week, they have to be paid at least 1.5 times their normal hourly rate under federal law.
So if they started the shift with 32 hours, worked 8, punched out, and then punched back in, everything from that point on would be overtime unless the actual work week ended at the end of the first 8 hour shift.
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