Can we make Saturday work mandatory?

Is it illegal to make a Saturday mandatory? We have an employee who stated it was illegal to have a “mandatory Saturday” workday. I just want some clarification, please.

Posted  03-14-2012

Ann Kiernan replies:

Who knows how these urban legends get started? You certainly can mandate Saturday work! Of course, you must pay overtime if non-exempt employees work more than 40 hours, and if an employee has a religious objection to Saturday work, you must explore whether a reasonable accommodation can be reached.


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Ann Kiernan has litigated claims of wrongful discharge and discrimination before state and federal courts and administrative matters before the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights, the National Labor Relations Board and the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission, representing both employers and employees. Ms. Kiernan co-hosted The Employee Rights Forum, a weekly radio call-in show reaching up to a half-million listeners in the New York metropolitan area, and her articles on employment law have been published in many books and magazines. Both as a firm partner and as a director, Ms. Kiernan gained solid experience in management and human resources compliance. She has worked with Fair Measures since 1997.