It turned out that some M.heat Cprogress despise the five-day work week as much as the rest of us. This week, the representative of California, Mark Takano, introduced himself revolutionary legislation designed to make four-day work weeks the norm in the U.S., instead of working full-time Monday through Friday workers have learned to accept it as inevitable.
“Many countries and companies that have experimented with the four-day work week have found it a great success with productivity growth and wage increases,” Takano said in statement on proposed laws. He added this especially after the pandemic that left so many Americans behind unemployed and uncertain about their financial future, accepting shorter ones the work week would “allow more people to participate in the labor market with better wages”.
Takano came up with a a smart way to turn 5-day, 40-hour the work week instead lasts 4 days – and 32 hours. In particular, his draft law would lower the maximum threshold for the payment of overtime work under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). For those unaware, FLSA is a federal labor law crossed in the late 1930s this entitles most workers across the country to a minimum wage and access. “time and a half“Overtime when these workers work more than 40 hours a week.
By lowering the threshold for what is and what is not “overtime”, Takan’s proposal claims that more people could have access to some of those sweet overtime wages that are currently available to those who work more than 40 hours a week.
“I am introducing this law to reduce the standard work week to 32 hours because – now more than ever – people continue to work longer while their pay remains stagnant,” Takano continued. “We can’t continue to accept this as our reality.”
The idea of a 32-hour work week has become increasingly popular around the world. Back in 2019, John McDonnell left – who was then a senior chancellor in the British Labor Party in the records saying a 32-hour work week would be possible in the next decade. Recently, Spain invested 50 million euros (approximately 60 million USD) in pilot across the country for a four-day work week. Over the next three years, the Spanish government will fund companies that need help transitioning to the 32-hour model; and if it starts, the country would be the first to apply the four-day standard at the national level. And that’s on the side of the similar (already successful trials) we’ve seen Iceland,, Japan, i New Zealand.
Of course, California’s proposed legislation will face a tough battle before it enters the Senate for approval – it still needs to be reviewed by the committee and House of Representatives –all regular parts general deceleration turning account in the law. And there will undoubtedly be people who will be angry about Takan’s choice to focus on FLSA, which does not apply to some workers, such as private contractors or those from the economy. But at the very least, a bill like this could encourage all employers to reconsider their policies over the weekend.