With millions of Americans change jobs one California politician wants use The “Great Reboot” to create a better work-life balance for workers.
Assembly Member Cristina Garcia co-sponsored a bill to increase official work week 32 hours for companies with 500 or more employees. Any work made past that cutoff will come with hefty raise: employers will required pay time and-half employees whose hours run over 32 per week. And work stretching past 12 hours per day or seven days per week will be paid in the amount of double normal wages.
Employers are subject to a law that will apply to 20% of California Workforce, also will be prohibited from reducing peoplepay if they work less than them standard work week, Garcia told CBS News. The bill will not affect workers who presented union and regulated by a collective agreement.
“After two years of Existence in pandemic, we had over 47 million employees leave their jobs in search of for better opportunities,” Garcia said. – they send clear message they want it is better work-life balance want improved emotional and mental health, and this is part of of that discussion.”
California economy is the fifth largest in in world and the largest among the US states, which makes it the leader for many aspects of workplace culture.
The proposed law will cover about 2,600 companies. in California, according to the Department of Employment.
California Chamber of Commerce called it the “Job Killer”, saying it was more expensive and lead to drop in workplaces in California.
“Labor costs often one of in highest costs business faces, Ashley Hoffman, policy advocate with The House wrote to the bill’s co-sponsor, Evan Lowe. last week.
“[B]businesses often operate on thin profit margins and… quantity of the employees you have don’t dictate financial success,” she wrote.
Evidence from others countries suggests that a four-day work week can have a positive effect by increasing employee productivity while reducing stress. Widespread litigation in Iceland last summer came to the conclusion that the shorter work week was “overwhelming success“- eight in 10 employees in the country has since moved to work four days a week. Another countries including ScotlandSpain and even Japan, famous for workaholics, tested shorter work weeks.
Garcia argues that large companies that had most profitable quarter since the 1950scan afford to pay workers more.
“We want see them share some of this better life with their employees too,” she told CBS News.
Working more than peasants
In the US, a handful of companies are experimenting with four day week. Kickstarter officially launches its shortened work week this month. “[M]I expect and wish that we could achieve the same or even better results than result of change way what we workoutgoing CEO Aziz Hasan told Time. of turn.
d’Uville College, small private school in Buffalo, NY begins testing four-day week in January. President Lorrie Clemo said that move “Improve overall well-being of our people and competitiveness of our institution.”
But in general, shortened the work week was a relative rarity in nation where workers work longer hours how in most other industrialized countries.
The typical American worker today employs nearly 1,770 people. hours a year. Among developed economies, only four countries—Israel, Korea, Russia, and Mexico—consistently in longer hours than America. Historical records suggest that the 14th c. century peasants worked much less than contemporary Americans; Conversely, factory workers in 19th century put in much longer hours.
Garcia’s bill is similar to a federal bill. introduced in Congress Mark Tacano, Democrat from California, and approved by the Progressive Caucus of Congress.
“People spend more time at workless time with relatives, their health and well-being are deteriorating, and the salary remains at the same level. It’s time for change,” Takano said. in statement.