The popular book “The 4-Hour Work Week” provides advice on how to make more money by working less. Now California Democrats are taking a page from the book by proposing to mandate a four-day week, which would force companies to pay employees the same wages for less work. According to labor economics, it is like paying people not to work and expecting more people to work.
A bill passing through the legislature would shorten California’s standard workweek to 32 hours from 40 for businesses with more than 500 employees. Workers who work more than 32 hours per week should be paid at time and a half. And understand this: Employers would be prohibited from reducing workers’ current rate of pay, so they would be paid the same if they worked 20% less.