Every 4-Day Work Week Bill (APR 21, 2022 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

Country

Bill Date

Status

Source

Iceland

2015-2019

Trial
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."

India

Dec 20, 2021

Proposed

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."

United States of America

Dec 7, 2021

Proposed

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.

United Arab Emirates

December 7, 2021

Trial

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.

Belgium

February 15, 2022

Passed

38 Hours

Euronews:

"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."

Spain

February 17, 2022

Trial

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."

Malta

February 25, 2022

Trial

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.

Japan

June 24, 2021

Proposed

32 Hours

Washington Post:

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

Scotland

September 3, 2021

Trial

32 Hours

Forbes:


"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.)."

Lithuania

April 21, 2022

Passed
Partial
32 Hours

Bloomberg:


"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."

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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