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I am an R.N. in California. I was hired for a 10hour shift.

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I am an R.N. in California. I was hired for a 10hour shift. My supervisor then told me that I was required to work 15 -18 hours everyday. Or there "would be trouble". Does this violate mandatory overtime laws
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I'm sorry to hear about your situation and hope I can help.

It depends on the situation as to whether or not this would violate mandatory overtime laws. While at-will employers typically have a great deal of discretion in requiring their workers to work overtime hours there are some exceptions to this rule.

If the employer is requiring you to work 15-18 hours everyday in order to avoid making new hires than this would likely constitute a violation of mandatory overtime laws.

Additionally, requiring you to work 15-18 hours everday as an R.N. would also likely constitute a violation of the Occupational Safety and Health Act, since you would not be given a sufficient amount of rest in between shifts, which could lead to personal and patient safety issues.

If your employer persists with this requirment, I would suggest that you file a complaint with the California Occupational Safety and Health Commission and the California Department of Industrial Relations.

Here is a link to file a complaint with the Department of Occupational Safety and Health:

And here's one for the Department of Labor, Division of Labor Standards Enforcement:
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