Every 4-Day Work Week Bill (FEB 1, 2023 UPDATE)

<< 4-Day Work Week: Complete Overview
Henry Ford invented the five-day, 40-hour work week in 1926. It’s getting challenged as the default work week.

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


Bill Date



Jan 18, 2023



WMAR 2 News:

"Workers in Maryland we might soon say ‘Happy Thursday’ instead as the General Assembly takes a look at the Four–Day Workweek Act of 2023.

It's called House Bill 0181, the Four–Day Workweek Pilot Program and Income Tax Credit.

The bill proposes to give the Maryland Department of Labor the ability to promote, offer incentives, and support the experimentation and study of a 4-day workweek by both private and public employers.

2014 - 2021

Trial, Ended
36 Hours

Washington Post

"The trials were conducted between 2015 and 2019, initiated by the Reykjavik City Council and the Icelandic national government. The trials ultimately involved 2,500 workers, more than 1 percent of the nation’s working population, who moved from working 40 hours a week to a 35- or 36-hour week, without a reduction in pay."


Dec 20, 2021


48 Hours

"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."


December 6, 2021


Legislative Assembly of Ontario:

"The Bill enacts the Four-Day Work Week Act, 2021. The Act establishes the Four-Day Work Week Commission, which will develop recommendations on how to implement a pilot project designed to determine the effectiveness of a four-day work week in Ontario."

Dec 7, 2021


32 Hours

Business Insider:

"Progressives in Congress are lining up behind a bill that would shrink a regular week of work from 40 hours to 32 — bringing the four-day work week to America. The Congressional Progressive Caucus just endorsed the aptly named "32-Hour Workweek Act," according to a statement from Rep. Mark Takano, the Democrat representing California's 41st district.

See Also: California's 4-Day Work Week Bill

United Arab Emirates

December 7, 2021


36 Hours

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


38 Hours


"Workers in Belgium will soon be able to choose a four-day week under a series of labour market reforms announced on Tuesday. The reform package agreed by the country's multi-party coalition government will also give workers the right to turn off work devices and ignore work-related messages after hours without fear of reprisal."

February 17, 2022


32 hours

"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


32 hours

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


32 Hours

Washington Post:

"The country’s annual economic policy guidelines, released this month, unveiled plans to push Japanese employers to adopt four-day workweeks, marking official acceptance of a once-fringe approach..."

September 3, 2021


32 Hours


"Scotland plans to launch a trial four-day workweek. The decision was the culmination of a campaign promise made by the ruling Scottish National Party. Workers will have their hours reduced by 20%, but won’t suffer any loss in compensation. The program will be funded by the SNP with a £10 million fund ($13.8 million U.S.)."

April 21, 2022

32 Hours


"Lawmakers in Vilnius backed legislation that allows public-sector employees with children under the age of three to work 32 hours per week. The reduced work week, which doesn’t apply to private-sector employees, will come into force next year."

September 25, 2022

32 Hours


Peter Dowd, Labour MP for Bootle in Merseyside, is campaigning for maximum hours to be cut back from 48 to 32.

The UK bill is due to be discussed in the House of Commons on 18 October."

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.

See Also: Average Work Hours Per Week For Every Country


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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