Illinois Labor Laws – Wage and Hour
Illinois’ current minimum wage is $8.25.
For more information on Illinois’s minimum wage laws, visit our Illinois Minimum Wage Laws page, which includes topics such as minimum wage, tip minimum wage, tip sharing and pooling, and subminimum wages.
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Illinois labor laws require employers to pay employees overtime at a rate of 1½ time their regular rate when they work more than 40 hours in a workweek, unless otherwise exempt. IL Dept. of Labor FAQs. See FLSA: Overtime for more information regarding overtime requirements.
One Day Rest in Seven
An employer subject to this requirement may obtain a permit allowing employees to voluntarily work seven days in a workweek. 56 Ill. Adm. Code 220.200. An employer does not need to provide justification for the permits for the first 8 weeks of seven day work. After the 8th week, an employer needs to justify the request. IL Admin. Code 220.200.
Meals and Breaks
Illinois law requires employers to permit employees who are to work 7½ continuous hours or more to take a meal period of at least 20 minutes. The meal period may be unpaid and it must be given to an employee no later than 5 hours after beginning work. 820 ILCS 140/3. Moreover, an employer must permit employees to take at least a twenty (20) minute meal period for each continuous 7½ hours they work. IL Admin. Code Title 56, Â§ 220.800 For example, if an employee is scheduled to work fifteen (15) hours in one continuous shift, the employer would be required to permit the employee to take two twenty (20) minute breaks.
Illinois does not have a law regarding breaks other than the 20-minute meal period, thus the federal standard applies. The federal rule does not require an employer to provide either a meal (lunch) period or breaks. However, if an employer chooses to do so, breaks, usually of the type lasting less than 20 minutes, must be paid. See Meal and Break Laws.
For Illinois employees under the age of 16, employers must provide a meal (lunch) period of at least 30 minutes if the employee is scheduled to work more than 5 consecutive hours. 820 ILCS 205/4.
Information about Illinois vacation leave laws may now be found on our Illinois Leave Laws page.
Information about Illinois sick leave laws may now be found on our Illinois Leave Laws page.
Information about Illinois holiday leave laws may now be found on our Illinois Leave Laws page.
Jury Duty Leave
Information about Illinois jury duty leave laws may now be found on our Illinois Leave Laws page.
Information about Illinois voting leave laws may now be found on our Illinois Leave Laws page.
Illinois labor laws do not require employers to provide employees with severance pay. If an employer chooses to provide severance benefits, it must comply with the terms of its established policy or employment contract.