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Hours Worked: Illinois

Hours Worked requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Authors: Stuart R. Buttrick, Susan W. Kline, Stacey Smiricky and Lindsey M. Hogan, Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP


  • Employers must provide certain employees meal breaks and breastfeeding breaks. See Break Periods.
  • Time spent on-call away from an employer's premise is compensable when the time is spent predominantly for the benefit of the employer, rather than for the employee. See On-Call Time.
  • Travel performed for the employer's benefit is compensable. See Travel Time.
  • Under the One Day Rest in Seven Act, most employees must be allowed at least 24 consecutive hours of rest in every consecutive seven-day period. See Day of Rest.
  • Localities including Chicago and Evanston have requirements pertaining to hours worked. See Local Requirements.