Md. 4-day workweek bill withdrawn

A four-day workweek pilot program to Maryland s finally over for this year. The House and the Senate bills have finally withdrawn the legislation. Amidst all the concerns, it is essential to institutionalize a 32-hour work week. The expenses of this five-year pilot program and the engrained attitudes regarding the traditional 40-hour work week appear to derail the legislation for the year. Del. Vaughn Stewart (D-Montgomery) also hoped for a state Department of Labor study. The lawmakers will require a session to get through a budget amendment.

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Stewart’s statement for Maryland business

Stewart, the lead sponsor of the House version of the bill, said, “This is the first time for this bill, and sometimes if (a bill) is a little out there, a little strange, something (lawmakers) haven’t thought about before, it can seem a little alien, a little off-putting.” Then, Stewart had maintained a move to a shorter work week, which would probably be the future for Maryland businesses. He said, “I think if we can get this budget language, there has been a huge step taken this session.”

Stewart pulled the bill on Monday.

Stewart pulled the bill on Monday before a vote due to concerns that it may not pass as there were expenses under $1 million annually for establishing a five-year business tax credit program. Shelly Hettleman (D-Baltimore County) was finally withdrawn. Stewart even hoped to create a study by the state Department of Labor. Supporters must take a run at the proposal before the current term’s end once the survey is over! House Economic Matters Committee Chair C.T. Wilson (D-Charles) talked about shortening the workweek For 40 hours, raised some eyebrows among committee members. Wilson said, “I think a lot of people from both sides of the aisle are a little bit nervous about the messaging and what’s next; sometimes it’s not the bill itself, but what are ramifications and what the next step is going to be in business — is this just the first phase in normalizing a 32-hour workweek? I think a lot of people were a little concerned about that.” He even said, “The practicality of a 32-hour workweek is hard to get people — my generation and above — to discuss or think about, you know!” He added, “I know it sounds utopian, and to some people, it sounds crazy to say that companies that tried this didn’t have a profitability loss, but I think a lot of the experience of companies that have tried this so far flies in the face of that preconception.”

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