Lake In The Hills, IL asked in Employment Law for Illinois

Q: Can my employer force mandatory overtime for over a month straight?

i work in illionis and i am aware of the One and seven days Act. i have been working everyday since may 4th.

with the exception of May 24 and May 25 (memorial day and we got the sunday before because the Union got those days off and there was no production for maintenance to cover) at first i didnt mind because it was good money but now im burning out. i work for the Maintenance Department.

EDIT: the maintenance dept is not union. we are separate from production workers.

also our company was deemed "essential" because we provide Actual essential buisness' with stock.

the machinery that we work on and upkeep is only essential to the production of our product. from what i understand about the OISDA is that it applies to persons who maintain critical equipment for the public.

like sewer systems, power grids, water facilities, etc. but we make a product that should not be consisdered "essential".

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1 Lawyer Answer
James G. Ahlberg
James G. Ahlberg
  • Rochelle, IL
  • Licensed in Illinois

A: This is a tough question without more information than you provide. The One Day Rest in Seven Act does not apply to certain employees, including, "Employees needed in case of breakdown of machinery or equipment or other

emergency requiring the immediate services of experienced and competent labor to prevent injury to person, damage to property, or suspension of necessary operation." It isn't clear whether you fall within that category.

If you don't fall into that category it sounds like you're entitled to the time off. also, if you don't fall into that category I have to ask, why isn't your union raising a stink about this?

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