|Posted:||February 28, 2023 09:18 AM|
|From:||Representative Dave Madsen and Rep. Chris Pielli, Rep. Joshua Siegel|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Incentivizing a Four-Day Workweek|
|Over 100 years ago, union members and labor activists fought for a 5-day, 40-hour workweek in the United States. Over the last century, the labor market and average workday has changed drastically, especially since the COVID-19 pandemic. Recently, companies and governments across the globe have run pilot programs testing a shorter workweek with promising results.
A recent study by 4 Day Week Global was the largest 4-day workweek pilot to date. The study found that all participating companies reported increases in both productivity and revenue during the 4-day workweek pilot. After the completion of the pilot program, all but one indicated they would ‘definitely continue’ or ‘planned on continuing’ a 4-day workweek at their company.
We will soon be introducing legislation to incentivize companies to switch to a 4-day, 32-hour workweek. If an eligible employer participates in a 4-day workweek pilot program through the Department of Labor and Industry, they may be eligible for a state income tax credit. To receive the tax credit, a qualifying company would have to comply with certain program requirements.
We need to do more to provide options for workers and their employers. Studies have shown that a 4-day workweek reduces employee stress, burnout, and fatigue. In addition, it positively impacts an employee’s mental health, work-life balance, and physical wellbeing, all without negatively impacting a business’ productivity and revenue. Moreover, a 4-day work week would provide workers with flexibility, allowing them to be more present parents and more active community members.
It is time we give Pennsylvania workers a fair deal, so their workdays reflect the needs of a modern society and workplace. We hope you will consider joining us in co-sponsoring this legislation.
Introduced as HB1065