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A closer look at overtime laws in Illinois

On Behalf of | Nov 16, 2022 | Wage & Hour Laws

It is pivotal to understand the rights that you have as an employee, and take action if you experience any violations of these rights. From discrimination to sexual harassment, employers can violate the rights of those who work for their firm in various ways. In addition, it is essential to keep an eye out for wage and hour violations, such as denied overtime.

Overtime violations can also take different forms, and you need to have a clear understanding of the laws put in place to protect you with respect to overtime and other wage and hour matters.

When does overtime kick in?

The Illinois Department of Labor says that covered employees must receive overtime pay for any hours worked after 40 hours of work in one workweek. It is important to understand how your employer defines a single workweek. Overtime pay is 1.5 times your regular pay rate, and if you work in the private sector, your employer cannot offer compensatory time off instead of paying you overtime that you deserve.

Can employers require overtime?

Employers can require employees to work overtime, unless doing so would result in a violation of the One Day Rest in Seven Act. In addition, some employees are exempt from overtime pay, such as agricultural laborers, salesmen and mechanics working for dealerships and workers in other fields.

If you have any questions about overtime laws or any other employee rights matter, make sure you swiftly go over the issue closely. Moreover, if you recently experienced denied overtime or any other wage and hour violation, gather evidence and stand up for your rights.