Eight hours shall constitute a day’s work in all cases of employment by and on behalf of the State or any county or municipality. The purpose of this provision is to promote industrial welfare of the people by fixing a high standard for employees on public work (Byars v. State, 1909). In 1987, the Oklahoma Attorney General issued an opinion that allowing county employees to work four ten-hour days per week was in conflict with this section of the constitution. Such an arrangement will not violate the constitution when an exception exists, such as for emergency...
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