ODRISA Permit Application

​The One Day Rest in Seven Act (ODRISA) provides employees with a minimum of twenty four hours of rest in each calendar week and a meal period of 20 minutes for every 7.5 hour shift beginning no later than 5 hours after the start of the shift. The law allows employers to secure permits from the Illinois Department of Labor to work employees the 7th day provided that the employees have voluntarily elected to work.

See the law, 820 ILCS 140/1-9 (Legislative Website)

The Director of Labor shall grant permits authorizing the employment of persons on days of rest designated pursuant to Section 4 of this Act. Such permits shall not authorize the employment of persons​ for 7 (seven) days a week for more than 8 (eight) weeks in any one year, unless the Director finds that the necessity for employment of persons on their designated day of rest cannot be remedied by increasing the number of employees or by adjusting production schedules. The Director of Labor shall give due consideration to business necessity and economic viability in granting such permits.

The term week shall mean seven (7) consecutive twenty-four (24) hour periods starting at 12:01 AM Sunday morning and ending at midnight of the following Saturday night.

Form Instructions

  1. If you have previously applied for an ODRISA permit in the current calendar year and were provided a reference number, please include the reference number in your application.  
  2. Please provide the job titles/classifications for the employees covered by the permit request, as well of the number of employees in each such category.
  3. If the number of job titles/classifications exceeds four (4), as provided for on this form, please complete the web-form multiple times as needed.
  4. You may attach provisions of a collective bargaining agreement or other supporting documentation for your application via the attachment feature below.
  5. Permit applications need to be received by IDOL no later than the Friday preceding the first effective day of the permit.
  6. Required fields are starred.
  7. If your permit application is in response to conditions related to COVID-19, please upload a letter to the Illinois Department of Labor as part of your application that contains a:  a statement that the employer will only utilize employees that are in fact volunteers; the anticipated number of employees; each location where the work will be performed; duration of the permit; and a statement describing how the need is attributable to COVID-19.  We would urge you to review the emergency rules allowing for these permits at this link.

The emergency rule for the issuance of an ODRISA permit attributable to the COVID-19 crisis will expire on Monday, August 17th.  Normal procedures to acquire an ODRISA permit will resume on August 18th; the employer must receive approval from the department on a permit request before adjusting employee schedules.

 ODRISA Permit Applications

COVID-19Is your request for a permit related to COVID-19? Check YES or NO. If you check yes, upload supporting documents as directed by emergency rule effective 3/20/20.
Check one or both of the following conditions if the permit request exceeds 8 weeks.
This Constitutes My Electronic Signature RequiredI [OWNER/CONTACT] certify that all employees covered by this permit are in fact voluntarily working and no action will be taken to discipline any employee who chooses not to work on their day off as permitted by the Act (820 ILCS 140/1-9). I certify that all information provided and the statements made herein are true, correct, and complete.

Effective: 05/26/2016