When you think of a full-time role, you likely think of working 40 hours per week — eight hours a day, five days a week to be exact. And it’s understandable, since this work schedule has been the gold standard for about 100 years!
But times are changing. Between the pandemic, the desire for more work-life balance, and the need for more flexibility, employers and employees are rethinking what “full-time work” really means and embracing four-day workweeks.
The Fair Labor Standards Act does not define what full or part-time employment is, explicitly stating, “This is a matter generally to be determined by the employer.”
What the FLSA does say is that nonexempt employees working over 40 hours per week are entitled to overtime pay, which is likely why most employers stick with a 40-hour workweek.
The 40-hour workweek may be on its way out, though. Here’s why, and who is leading the charge.
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