Massachusetts Lawmakers Discuss Four-Day Work Week Pilot Program

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — How do you feel about a four-day work week? Bostonians seem to be on board.

On Tuesday, the topic headed for the Beacon Hill.

The Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development is holding a public hearing on over two dozen bills, including one that would implement a four-day work week in Massachusetts.

The new bill, from Representative Uyterhoeven, would offer a tax credit to businesses that offer a shorter work week to employees. Rep. Cutler proposed piloting a four-day work week program.

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"You get three days off, gives you an extra day to do personal things you want to do," one man told WBZ's Chris Fama.

He asked the man what he would do if he had the extra day.

"Anything that involves my kids or grandkids," he replied.

The four-day work week has been growing in popularity around the world. Many businesses have already made the switch from a traditional five-day work week, with eight hour days, to the alternative four-day week, with 10 hour days.

In the UK, switching to the shorter work week showed an increase in worker satisfaction and productivity.

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