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What is the One Day Rest in Seven Act?

On Behalf of | Oct 16, 2023 | EMPLOYMENT LAW (EMPLOYEE) - Wage & Hour Laws

The Illinois One Day Rest in Seven Act is a pivotal labor law that many employees and employers in the state should be familiar with. This law mandates that employers provide at least one 24-hour rest period every calendar week. Understanding the specifics of this act can make a significant difference in workplace relations and legal compliance.

This legislation is not just a guideline. It’s a legal requirement that carries penalties for noncompliance. As straightforward as it might appear, the act has nuances, exceptions and specific scenarios where it applies or doesn’t. Therefore, employees and employers have good reason to understand the law thoroughly.

Core requirements

At the heart of ODRISA is the requirement that employers give their employees at least one full day off every seven days. The day off isn’t restricted to weekends and can fall on any day, so long as it’s an entire 24-hour. The act applies broadly, covering most workers in both public and private sectors. There are exceptions, such as for part-time workers and those in certain managerial positions.

Specific exceptions

There are cases where the standard one-day-off rule doesn’t apply, particularly in industries requiring around-the-clock operations like healthcare and emergency services. In these situations, employers can obtain a permit from the Illinois Department of Labor to circumvent the one-day-off requirement. Additionally, employees can work seven consecutive days if they voluntarily agree to it in writing, but they must be given a day off the following week.

Non-compliance penalties

Employees can file a complaint with the Illinois Department of Labor for violations, which can lead to fines and other repercussions. Understanding the act’s requirements, exceptions and penalties is essential for employees so they can ensure their rights are upheld.