The proposal to cut the working week for California employees has apparently been postponed.
The California State Assembly’s Labor and Employment Committee refused to propose Bill 2932 to the Assembly, According to Wall Street Journalwhich does not allow it to move forward during the current legislative session.
However, the California bill may return at some point. Assembly member Evan Lowe (D-Dist. 28), one of the lawmakers who is pushing for the idea, said he would now consult with stakeholders on the changes to improve the bill’s chances in the future.
The bill, introduced last month by Low and member of parliament Christina Garcia (D-Dist. 58), aims to amend existing legislation in the state and reduce the typical work week from 40 hours to 32 hours.
According to the proposals, employers had to pay employees the same amount for 32 hours as for 40. This would allow staff to work the equivalent of four eight-hour days instead of five.
The change will apply to companies with more than 500 employees, with certain exceptions, including a collective bargaining agreement with a trade union.
Similar rules were proposed at the federal level by US Representative Mark Takano (D-CA), who legislation proposed last year this will also shorten the work week.
In recent years, interest in the four-day day has grown, although the idea has been debated for decades. Trials are underway at companies including Kickstarter, Qwick and Unilever. The Qwick Hospitality Platform, for example, launched a test last month. Workers switched from their typical five-day, 38-hour week to 32 hours a week, spread over four days with the same pay level.
In March, job site Indeed said Computer world that less than 1% of job advertisements on March 11 included the term “four-day week”. Gallup poll of US staff in March 2020 – just before the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted many business practices – pointed out that only 5% work four days a week, with 84% working five days (and 11% working six days a week).
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