What’s going on:
Congressman Mark Takano has reintroduced his 32-Hour Workweek Act (a revolutionary bill aiming to shift the current standard workweek of 40 hours to 32) by revising the Fair Labor Standards Act, according to Business Insider.
“Workers across the nation are collectively reimagining their relationship to labor – and our laws need to follow suit,” said Takano, a Democrat from California.
Why it matters:
Takano has long been advocating for a shorter working week, having first proposed the legislation back in 2021 and receiving endorsement from the Congressional Progressive Caucus.
His bill would make workers entitled to overtime when they exceed 32 hours a week, which would both give them more money in their pockets and encourage employers to keep their hours short.
Other lawmakers have also called for a shortened work week. Last month Sen. Bernie Sanders pushed for the idea and said on Twitter that with “exploding technology and increased worker productivity, it’s time to move toward a four-day work week with no loss of pay. Workers must benefit from technology, not just corporate CEOs.”
How it’ll impact the future:
Politicians have voiced their backing of the four-day workweek following the excellent results from numerous studies conducted both nationally and internationally.
As the four-day workweek gains traction and legitimacy, employers, politicians and organizations are taking note. This shortened workweek, if implemented, could revolutionize the way we work.