A 4-Day Workweek Gains Lawmaker Support in Some States

March 31, 2023

The restaurant now opens from Wednesday to Saturday, and full-time employees work only 32 hours unless they choose to pick up extra shifts. In the past three years, at least six states — California, Hawaii, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania and Washington — have considered bills to mandate, incentivize or allow the switch to a four-day week. Cost ConcernsIn terms of its scope and intensity, Stewart’s original proposal falls toward the middle of four-day workweek bills. Concerns over cost and implementation help explain why, despite growing interest, four-day workweek bills have repeatedly faltered. Proponents argue that, unlike remote or hybrid work, the four-day workweek will benefit white- and blue-collar employees alike.