Q & A Session – Asked to Work Outside Normal Hours for a Non-Emergency


Ask the Lawyer received the following question (paraphrased for easier reading and clarity) from a reader on a legal matter that might be of interest to the entire audience.


Can a manager order employees back to work outside normal hours for non-emergencies?


Management can order employees to work outside their normal hours when management determines it is important that the work be done. Your refusal to follow direction and to work outside normal hours because of a belief that your work is not being done pursuant to an emergency is insubordination. Be careful about how far you push your disagreement with management concerning whether you need to be at work.

Bill Bransford is managing partner of Shaw, Bransford & Roth, PC.

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