The internet has slammed a boss for sending an email at 9pm on a Friday and expecting the employee to reply over the weekend.

In a post on Reddit’s popular r/antiwork forum, which encourages users from around the world to share their experiences at work and voice grievances about the workplace, user u/do_nut_worry wrote, “Boss is retransmitting on Friday 9 p.m. an e-mail and asks for information as of Saturday. Calls me on Sunday and scolds me on the phone for not responding to email even after telling him I’m away on business.

The clerk went on to explain that one thing led to another and they finally snapped. “Now he wants me to apologize to him and has threatened HR action,” the Redditor wrote. “What should I do?” “

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An image of a man looking at his computer late at night, left, and a stock image of a new email on a computer screen, right. The internet has slammed a boss for expecting an employee to reply to an email sent late on a Friday night.
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In the United States, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires overtime pay to be at least one and a half times the regular wage rate for an employee after working 40 hours in a workweek. While there are some exceptions and overtime laws vary in different states, workers should only be required to work the hours specified in their contract without additional pay.

The worker’s dilemma is not uncommon. In fact, a recent study found that the lines between work and personal life have never been so blurred. A study conducted in the context of the 2020 shift to working from home caused by the COVID-19 pandemic found that employees are working longer hours, spending more time in meetings and trying to keep up with communication. Nearly 70 percent of teleworkers said they schedule extra hours on weekends.

With more than 900 comments, Reddit users rushed to share their reactions and advice with the collaborator. One commenter said, “If your social contract doesn’t say you’re on call 24/7, it’s violated your space.”

Another Redditor wrote: “Send an email to HR explaining that your boss called you outside of working hours while you were off call and aggressively demanded that you work illegitimate overtime on a Sunday . And that it appears to be an email sent to you at 9pm on Friday. That required you to work Saturdays, presumably unpaid.”

According to statistics from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), American workers work an average of 1,767 hours per year, compared to an OECD national average of 1,687. Hours worked in the US are 435 more than German workers, 400 more than the UK and 365 hours more than French workers.

“By no means apologize,” said another response, “You’re not wrong.”

“If you don’t have a stand-by clause in your contract, it can jump,” wrote another Redditor, before suggesting, “I would take a case to HR myself and complain about the expectation of work being done without an agreement for weekend work.” “

news week asked u/do_nut_worry for a comment. We have not been able to verify the details of this case.

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