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Can an employer make you work 7 days in a week?

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While it varies from state to state, most states, including Wisconsin, New York and Illinois have laws that prohibit employers from making employees work 7 consecutive days. Some states, such as California, allow employees to work 7 days a week, but require employers to pay double time for at least one of those days.

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Labor allowance laws can vary pretty drastically between states. For the most part, in the United States, it is either illegal to make a full-time employee work 7 days out of the week, or there are required bonuses for workers who are forced to work every day in a week. There are laws in Illinois and Wisconsin that are called 6 days out of 7 laws, which prohibit employers from scheduling full-time workers for 7 consecutive days. Similar laws throughout the country prohibit 7-day work weeks, or require employers to pay overtime to any worker who works more than 6 days.

There are some exceptions to the 7 day rules based on the nature of the job. For instance, according to Deskin Law Firm, if the nature of a job requires workers to work for more than a week at a time, the worker must get the equivalent number of days off in the calendar month. So, if a worker works for 15 days, they get 2 days off to make up for the 2 weeks that they didn't have off.

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