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H.R. 4728 (117th): Thirty-Two Hour Workweek Act

About the bill

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 …

Sponsor and status

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)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on July 27, 2021, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


17 Cosponsors (17 Democrats)



Jul 27, 2021

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

H.R. 4728 (117th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 4728. This is the one from the 117th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 117th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2021 to Jan 3, 2023. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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