The four-day workweek has long been something the average person craves, but for most it is unattainable. However, a California lawmaker by the name of Cristina Garcia has co-sponsored a bill to reduce the California workweek from forty hours to thirty-two hours.
However, companies will not be allowed to reduce employees' salaries with this new change and if an employee works more than thirty-two hours, the employer will be required to pay them time and a half.
Some people believe that this will cause significant job loss while others boast that large companies have had their best quarter since the 1950s because of a reduced workweek and remote work.
This bill will not apply to businesses under 500 employees, ensuring that small businesses with tight profit margins will not suffer.
Skepticism is very common amongst proposed legislation like this one, but Cristina Garcia states that many countries like Spain have already implemented this.
Not only other countries, but local businesses in California have decided to already adopt this practice and have since seen an increase in productivity and employee satisfaction.
This legislation has been proposed due to the outcome the pandemic had on the workforce all across the United States and beyond.
People are now prioritizing their work-life balance and overall well-being rather than working long hours in whatever career that they are in.
Other countries have adopted a lower workweek and its feasibility within the United States workforce will be tested if this legislation is passed in the state of California.
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