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If you are a salaried employee. What is the usual amount of

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If you are a salaried employee. What is the usual amount of hours per week you should work. And is there such a thing as overtime for salaried employees.

Good afternoon Robin,

I'm Doug, and I'm very sorry to hear of your situation. My goal is to provide you with excellent service today.

On average, most salary exempt employees work 45 to 50 hours a week, and except for a very few states, there is no maximum number of hours an employer may demand that an exempt employee work. CA for example allows salaried exempt employees to refuse to work more than 72 hours in a workweek, and they cannot be fired or punished for their refusal---but they can be forced to work those 72 hours.

While the law does not prevent an employer from paying overtime to an exempt salaried employee, one primary reason that employers designate employees as exempt is to avoid having to pay overtime---so it is rare that a salaried employee would receive overtime pay.

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