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One Day of Rest in Seven


Employees who work in factory or retail establishments must receive one day off (24 consecutive hours) per calendar week (Sunday through Saturday), unless an exception applies.

The law does not require that the rest must be given every 7 days. For example, an employer may legally schedule work for 12 consecutive days within a 2 week period if the days of rest fall on the first and last days of the 2 week period.

Are there any exceptions to this law?

I work in healthcare. Does my employer have to give me one day off each week?

No. This law applies only to employees of factories or retail establishments.


Upon joint request of labor and management, the department may grant modifications or waivers of this requirement. To request a waiver, send a written request, preferably by email, to

Equal Rights Division
PO Box 8928
Madison, WI 53708

Waivers for Employees Represented by Unions

If there is a union representing employees subject to the requested waiver, please submit a joint request signed by labor and management. The letter should:

Waivers for Non-Union Employees

If the employees are not represented by a union, the employer may request a waiver jointly with one member of the workforce. The letter should:

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