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How Many Days In A Row Can California Employees Work?


Under California’s labor law, all employees are entitled to at least one rest day a week. California Labor Code § 551 states that every employee should have no less than one rest day out of every seven days.

Additionally, California Labor Code § 552 reads that employers are prohibited from requiring employees to work more than six days in a seven-day period. Any employer who attempts to force a worker to work for seven days in a row may be committing a criminal offense. However, there may be exceptions to the general rule.

You should consult with a knowledgeable attorney to determine how many consecutive days your employer can require you to work. Schedule a case review with our Los Angeles wage and hour claims lawyer at Litigation, P.C., to talk about your options.

How Many Days Can Your Employer Require You to Work in a Month?

Under California law, employees are entitled to at least one day of rest out of every seven days. However, it is important to understand that California law does not specify when the employee’s rest day must occur.

Under California Labor Code § 554, the one day off in a seven-day period may not necessarily occur after working for six days in a row. Instead, employees can get a day off for every six consecutive days they work in the same calendar month.

For example, if your employer requires you to work for 12 days in a row, they may be able to legally do so as long as you get two days off during the same calendar month.

However, there are exceptions to the general rule. A few occupations are exempt from the entitlement to one day off in a seven-day period. Workers in the railroad industry may be exempt from the law when they must be present at work to protect property or life.

The above-mentioned requirements do not apply to employees who work less than six hours per day or 30 hours per week, either … though there may be exceptions there, as well. If a part-time worker works for more than 30 hours a week, they are entitled to at least one full day of rest.

In addition to rest days, employees who work more than five hours per day are entitled to a 30-minute meal break. Workers are also entitled to a second 30-minute meal break for working at least 10 hours in a day.

Speak with a Los Angeles Wage and Hour Lawyer

If you believe that your employer violated your rights when requiring you to work for seven or more days in a row, do not hesitate to discuss your case with an attorney. Your employer may be violating your rights if you do not get a rest day for every six days worked.

Schedule a case evaluation with our employment lawyer at Litigation, P.C., to talk about your situation. Our attorney can help you understand your rights regarding rest days, meal breaks, and rest breaks. Call 424-284-2401 today.


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