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Consecutive days worked- Day of rest law

Is it legal for employer to have employees working more than 6 consecutive days in a row? Manufacturing plant that wants to run 24/7...I thought that MA has a law that states that one day in a 7 day workweek needs to be a " day of rest". Would that apply to a manufacturing plant and does it matter if this is mandated rather than employees "volunteering" to do . We are paid every two weeks if that makes any difference. Also- this is not about overtime pay...just whether it's legal to do so.

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Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 149, Section 48 requires employers (with some exceptions spelled out in Section 50 of Chapter 149), to give employees at least one twenty-four hour period of rest in "every seven consecutive days."  And, of course, if you work more than forty hours in any week, you may be entitled to overtime pay.  Hope that helps.

so...if I read that correctly...if my employer is having people work 12 or 13 days in a row...( manufacturing plant- not one of the exceptions) they are breaking the law?

That's how I read it, but employment law is not my specialty.  You should try calling the Attorney General's Fair Labor Hotline at 617-727-3465.  Let us know what you find out.

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