Can my employer dictate my work hours?
June 8, 2006 9:02 PM Subscribe
I'm classified as an exempt employee. Can my boss require me to arrive at work at a certain time, or even to work a certain number of hours?
My understanding is that employees who are exempt from the overtime provision of the U.S. federal and state labor laws are to be paid a guaranteed wage without regard to the number of hours of work performed, but I can't find this documented on any of the federal or Illinois government sites. I put in my 40 hours a week, sometimes a bit more, but I prefer to do it from 9am to 6 pm (if I take a lunch hour). My boss has told me I need to arrive at 8am because "people have commented about your coming in so late." Can someone point me to the law that says they can't dictate the hours I work if they want to classify me as exempt. (I fully understand the perils of rocking the boat. I just want this information for my own knowledge and possible use at a later date. For the record, I don't believe my job qualifies as exempt anyway, but that's a different question.)