As a client services coordinator for the disabled, I am a salaried employee who took a job from Monday thru Friday (9-5) 40 hours over a year ago with the possibility of having to cover a shift every so often due to call outs and coverage needs.
Unfortunately, the coverage needs are very extreme, turn over is out of control and I have been covering since I began, working on average 7 days a week sometimes working (18-24) hours at an instance is this legal? Even if I have just worked a 12 hour shift and am asked to cover another.
Next issue, I have documented back problems and have spoke about this to my supervisor but am still asked to work with persons who require lifting and do not have the proper equipment such as a hoyer lift.
To your first question, yes it is generally legal to work 12 to 18 hours per day, seven days per week. You may want to talk to an attorney who specializes in the healthcare industry to ask whether an industry-specific restriction exists.
Regarding your second issue, if you believe that the purchase of specialty equipment would enable you to do your job safely, you should ask your employer in writing to provide the equipment. At that point, it would be up to the employer to determine whether the cost of the equipment is reasonable.
Please note that this is a very general statement of the law, and every situation is unique. If you continue to have issues, you should talk to an attorney You will want to find someone who specifically says they represent employees or plaintiffs. I generally represent employers, and so I would not be the ideal choice for your situation.
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