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Ely, Counselor at Law
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I currently work for this company that has had major lay offs, and

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I currently work for this company that has had major lay offs,
and in my specific department there are only 3 people left,
and find that I'm working from 7:00 am to 5:30 to 6:00pm consistantly
with out taking breaks, eating at my desk, and it's basically expected...
is there anything I can do?
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Legal
Expert:  Ely replied 8 years ago.

Are you talking about making sure you're not cut?

There is nothing you can do legally, unfortunately. Lay-offs are lay-offs. Sounds like you are already working overtime!

May I suggest doing this - what many people don't do:

Make your boss look good. Finish your work on time and with a high level of professionalism. Bring your boss ideas that will help him and the department and offer to take charge and implement them. If your boss things he/she can use you to further his/her own goals and aspirations, then you're staying put...

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Customer: replied 8 years ago.
I'm not talking about getting cut...I'm talking about working
10--to 11 hrs with-out getting overtime pay, and being expected
to with NO regard for employee taking as much as taking a break
because their workload has doubled...I can't believe your answer
is to "work hard, make your boss look good and keep your job",
the fact of the matter is, that is only setting myself and co-worker
up to fail...I can't believe I just paid you $18.00 for
that lame response that has nothing to do with fair employment
practices!!! What a rip-off!!
Thanks for nothing-- I though I was getting advise from a Labor
related attorney...
Expert:  Ely replied 8 years ago.
Oh my apologies...

I'll opt out and have someone else fill you in. You won't be charged.