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H.R. 4728: Thirty-Two Hour Workweek Act

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Dolly Parton might have to change the title of her iconic song to “9 to 3.”


The standard workweek is often considered to be 40 hours. That’s why, under federal law, heightened overtime pay of at least 1.5 times an employee’s usual hourly wage must be paid to most employees for their 41st hour and beyond that they work during a week. (“Most” because some categories of workers are exempt from the provisions.)

That length workweek has already been shortened in federal law once before. It was originally set at 44 hours in 1938 with the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), but then it was decreased to the current 40 hours in 1940. Could it be shortened again?

Pilot programs testing a shorter 32-hour workweek are increasingly …

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Mark Takano

Sponsor. Representative for California's 41st congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Jul 27, 2021
Length: 4 pages
Jul 27, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)

Introduced on Jul 27, 2021

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17 Cosponsors (17 Democrats)

3% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


Jul 27, 2021

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