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(820 ILCS 145/) Eight Hour Work Day Act.

820 ILCS 145/0.01

    (820 ILCS 145/0.01) (from Ch. 48, par. 0.01)
    Sec. 0.01. Short title. This Act may be cited as the Eight Hour Work Day Act.
(Source: P.A. 86-1324.)

820 ILCS 145/1

    (820 ILCS 145/1) (from Ch. 48, par. 1)
    Sec. 1. On and after the first day of May, 1867, eight hours of labor between the rising and the setting of the sun, in all mechanical trades, arts and employments, and other cases of labor and service by the day, except farm employments, shall constitute and be a legal day's work, where there is no special contract or agreement to the contrary.
(Source: Laws 1867, p. 101.)

820 ILCS 145/2

    (820 ILCS 145/2) (from Ch. 48, par. 2)
    Sec. 2. This act shall not apply to or in any way affect labor or service by the year, month or week; nor shall any person be prevented by anything herein contained from working as many hours over time or extra hours as he or she may agree, and shall not, in any sense, be held to apply to farm labor.
(Source: Laws 1867, p. 101.)