Panel votes to add 7-day work week to budget


July 3, 2015

MADISON The Legislature's budget committee has voted to allow factory and retail employees to work seven straight days without a day of rest.

Under current state law, employers who own factories and retail stores must allow their workers at least 24 consecutive hours of rest in every seven consecutive days. The requirement doesn't apply to janitors, security guards, bakeries, restaurants, hotels and certain dairy and agricultural plants.

The Joint Finance Committee voted Thursday to let an employee voluntarily work seven straight days. The language mirrors a Republican bill that's sitting in the Assembly labor committee.

The budget must pass the Senate and Assembly and be signed by Gov. Scott Walker before becoming law.


Associated Press