Break laws in Illinois
One Day Rest in Seven Act - ODRISAThis law requires employers to give employees one day of rest in every seven days of work. In other words, workers are entitled to 24 consecutive hours of time off every week. Aside from getting a permit to allow an extra day of work, employers must comply with this rule. Certain employees, such as salaried workers, are not covered by the day of rest act.
Meal breaksIn Illinois, workers are entitled to 20 minutes of unpaid meal time if they are working 7.5 hours or more. The meal break must take place no more than 5 hours into the work period. There are some exceptions, such as when the employee has a position that requires to them to be on call during the entire shift (such as a security guard). In these cases the employee must be allowed to eat on the job.
Additional break time not requiredBeyond the unpaid meal break, employers are not required to give employees additional breaks during the work day, although some do. There is an exception for certain hotel workers in Cook County.