House Reps. Dave Madsen (D-104), Chris Pielli (D-156), and Joshua Siegel (D-22) are calling for legislation to create a government program to incentivize Pennsylvania companies to switch to a 4-day, 32-hour workweek.
Under the proposal, employer participants could be eligible for a state income tax credit if the comply with certain program requirements.
The Democrat House members released a House memorandum Feb. 28 calling on other House members to join them in co-sponsoring the legislation.
“Over 100 years ago, union members and labor activists fought for a 5-day, 40-hour workweek in the United States,” the memorandum said. “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.”
The memorandum states that a 4-day workweek would allow workers the flexibility needed “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,” the statement said.