Is It Illegal to Work 7 Days a Week in California? 

Is It Illegal to Work 7 Days a Week in California? 

Your employer can set your work schedule, but are there limits to its authority? Can you work 7 days in a row in California?

If you are working 7 days in a row in California, your employer could be subject to civil or criminal penalties, depending on your circumstances. 

How Many Days in a Row Can You Work in California? 

An employer can request that you work up to six days in a row without issue. But can you work 7 days a week in California? It depends on the circumstances.

Under California Labor Code sections 551 and 552, employees are entitled to one day of rest out of seven, and employers cannot require their employees to work more than six days a week.

If your boss violates these rules, they could be guilty of a misdemeanor. However, these rules only apply to some work situations. 

Exceptions to California’s Rest Day Rule

A worker’s right to one rest day per week is not absolute, and there are several exceptions to the prohibition against working 7 days in a row in California.

Your boss can request that you work seven days in a row if the following circumstances apply: 

  • Your working time is needed for an emergency;
  • Your job requires you to work to protect life or property from destruction; 
  • You work for a common carrier (e.g taxi, trucking, rail, etc);
  • Your collective bargaining agreement has different terms;
  • You work with trains; or 
  • Your total working time does not exceed 30 hours in any week or six hours on any day. 

If the type of work you do creates a need for you to work seven consecutive days, your employer does not have to give you one day off per week but only the equivalent of one in seven days off per month.

And the Chief of the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement can also exempt an employer from following the one day of rest rule if they think that rule would cause hardship. 

Filing a Complaint

If your boss has violated California’s Labor Code by requiring you to work seven days in a row, you can file a complaint with the Department of Industrial Relations.

It is not only a violation to require certain workers to work seven out of seven days in a workweek, but it is also a violation to neglect to pay non-exempt employees overtime premiums for their seventh consecutive day of work.

An experienced employment attorney can determine whether you are entitled to a day of rest or overtime premiums for your labor. 

Speak to One of Our Attorneys Today

At Starpoint Employment Lawyers, our experienced employment attorneys provide workers in Southern California unique, one-on-one legal representation for their employment disputes.

We get to the heart of each client’s specific needs, and we have not lost a case yet. Whatever issue you have with your work situation, we are here to help.

Please call us at 310-807-6955 or fill out an intake on our website to schedule a consultation.

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Aidin Ghavimi

Aidin is a partner at Starpoint LC, Attorneys at Law, and focuses on personal injury and employment law cases in and around Southern California. He earned his Juris Doctorate from the Loyola School of Law and his Bachelor’s from USC. Aidin’s primary goal is to bring justice to his clients and to ensure they are able to move on with their lives after a serious injury.

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