What laws are there on how many days/hours you can work an exempt employee?
I am an exempt employee in Hawaii. Trying to find the laws about this are insanely tedious. I manage newspaper carriers and when we terminate a carrier I am often required to deliver their routes. So, I may work a full week during days at the office, then have a carrier suddenly "drop" a route, and have to switch to nights and work 7days a week, night shifts, delivering their routes without breaks or lunches. (We have a time limit on delivery). At one point I had to work a little over a month and an half without a day off, including at least one holiday. The first night I worked 16 hours, the average of the rest of the nights I worked 7.5 hours (no breaks or lunches).
Is there a legal limit? Can my employer actually work me 24 hours a day/365 days a year? Or, do they "Owe" me paid days off in such circumstances. I'm very curious. Because I think it's unbelievably unfair that they can dock me a day as a salaried, exempt employee but I can't demand a paid day off when I don't get a day off for a month and an half.
Please let me know if you know of any laws or regulations on this. My company has never given me any policies or handbooks as an exempt employee. I also have no job description.