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Legislators circulate 7-day work week bill

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MADISON (AP) -- Two Republican lawmakers are circulating a bill that would allow Wisconsin manufacturing and retail employees to work seven days a week.

Current state law requires employers to give factory and retail workers at least 24 hours to rest every seven consecutive days.  The measure would allow workers to volunteer to work seven straight days.

The measure's authors, Senator Glenn Grothman of West Bend and Mark Born of Beaver Dam, say in an e-mail to lawmakers seeking co-sponsors that federal law imposes no such limit on consecutive work days as long as minimum wage and overtime requirements are met.

Opponents of the bill insist that bosses would use the bill to force employees to work longer and effectively erase the weekend.

 The bill's prospects are unclear.  Republican leaders haven't publicly committed any support for the measure.

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