One Day Rest in Seven Act Changes Approved by Governor Pritzker

Date: July 19, 2022

 

SB 3146, sponsored by Sen. Celina Villanueva (D-Chicago)/Rep. Lakesia Collins (D-Chicago) changes the requirements of the Act from one day of rest per “calendar week” to one day of rest per “consecutive seven-day period”.   In addition, an employee who works more than 7 1/2 continuous hours will be entitled to an additional 20-minute meal period for every additional 4 1/2 continuous hours worked. The change to the law increases the civil penalties for violations. An employer with fewer than 25 employees shall pay a penalty not exceed $250 per offense, payable to the Department of Labor, and damages of up to $250 per offense, payable to the employee or employees affected. For an employer with 25 or more employees, the civil penalty shall not exceed $500 per offense, payable to the Department, and damages of up to $500 per offense, payable to the employee or employees affected. Provides that an offense under the Act shall be determined on an individual basis for each employee whose rights are violated. Employers covered by the Act must post and keep posted, in one or more conspicuous places on the premises of the employer where notices to employees are customarily posted, a notice, to be provided by the Director of Labor, summarizing the requirements of the Act and information pertaining to the filing of a complaint. The legislation was approved by the Governor and has a January 1, 2023 effective date. NFIB was neutral

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SB 3416, sponsored by Sen. Emil Jones, Jr. (D-Chicago) and Rep. Marcus Evans, Jr. (D-Chicago), as passed by both chambers provides that specified provisions of the One Day Rest in Seven Act do not apply to employees for whom work hours, days of work, and rest periods are established through the collective bargaining process. The Governor approved the bill which has a January 1, 2023 effective date.

 

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