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Interest in the four-day work week has grown drastically in the last few years – first from individuals, then management teams, and now governments. There are a number of four-day (or, 32-hour work week) bills being proposed in states and countries around the world.
This is a running list of all of the government bills that push for a four-day work week as law.
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Four-Day Work Week Bills: Proposed, Passed, & In Law
Dec 20, 2021
"If the new labour codes are implemented, there's a likelihood that employees in India may be able to enjoy a four-day workweek from next year, as opposed to the current five-day workweek. In that case, however, employees will have to work for 12 hours on those four days since the labour ministry has made it clear that even if the proposal comes through, the 48-hour weekly work requirement has to be met."
United States of America
Dec 7, 2021
United Arab Emirates
December 7, 2021
The United Arab Emirates is moving federal employees to a four-and-a-half day work week to "boost productivity and improve work-life balance," the government announced Tuesday.
February 15, 2022
February 17, 2022
"Spain has announced that it will experiment with a trial four-day workweek, according to the Guardian. The Spanish government agreed to a 32-hour workweek over three years, without cutting workers’ compensation."
February 25, 2022
Businesses would be given incentives to participate in a national four-day week trial, under a PN government. The proposal, announced in the party's election manifesto on Thursday night, is part of a new 'social pact' that also includes the introduction of a living wage. The PN's manifesto gave no detail about how the scheme would work or what incentives would be offered.
June 24, 2021
September 3, 2021
April 21, 2022
See Also: Every 4-Day Work Week Study
There are also notable country-wide four-day week movements… but they aren’t actually bills. Here are some examples:
- Denmark‘s official work week is 37 hours, but still typically done over five days.
- Germany‘s average work week is 34.2 hours, yet “in 2020, the country’s largest trade union, IG Metall, called for shorter working weeks, arguing it would help retain jobs and avoid layoffs,” according to DW.
- Finland‘s Prime Minister, Sanna Marin, called for a four-day working week or six-hour days in 2020. There is no official bill, though.
- New Zealand‘s Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, suggested employers consider a four-day working week and other flexible working options. There is no official bill, though.
- Ireland has 20+ companies signed up for a six-month pilot run by 4 Day Week Global.
- United Kingdom has 50+ companies signed up for a six-month pilot run by 4 Day Week Global.
How We Define The Status Of Each Bill
- Proposed: This is a suggested law, a bill, currently in the state or country’s legislative process. It hasn’t yet been passed into law or denied.
- Passed: This was a former bill that has been voted on affirmatively, but hasn’t yet been turned into a law.
- Law: This was a former bill that has passed and is now a binding rule in the country.
- Trial: This is a government sanctioned test of a four-day (or 32-hour) work week, but not a bill.
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