Lawmakers in the state of Maryland are pushing for a bill which could change the way we work in America by eliminating the 5 day work week we have come to know.
The state legislature is toying with a bill that urges companies to switch to a 4 day work week where employees work 32 hours rather than the usual 40.
According to the proposed legislation, companies would be offered a tax credit to switch to this new system of having employees work less.
According to a study conducted by a group called 4 Day Week Global which put 33 companies on a trial program, both employees and employers seem to be in favor of this, with none of them planning to switch back.
The bill has a ways to go before becoming a law. It has been referred to a committee in the State House but would need approval from that chamber, the State Senate, and the governor to go into effect.
“I don’t think that Marylanders should be lining up and thinking that this is going to happen overnight,” Maryland State Delegate Vaughn Stewart, the bill’s sponsor said.
“But I do think the time has come for this conversation, and I think the time has come for us to start looking at the future and envisioning a future with more free time.”
If the bill succeeds in Maryland, it could be the impetus behind a larger change nationwide.
Some lawmakers are already trying to push this across America with one congressman introducing a bill called the “Thirty-Two Hour Workweek Act” which would force companies to pay overtime to any individual working more than 32 hours per week.
Watch the video here to see Stewart discuss this bill and it would mean for America’s workforce.