Maryland House Bill Proposes Four-Day Workweek Incentives


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MARYLAND - A new Maryland House bill proposes incentives for employers offering a four-day workweek.

House Bill 0181, the "Four–Day Workweek Pilot Program," and Income Tax Credit will allow the Department of Labor to promote, offer incentives, and study the viability of a four-day workweek in Maryland.

The bill would allow participating employers to claim a credit against state income tax and would require the Department of Labor to report on the status of the program to the governor and general assembly every year.

The impetus for this bill is research from around the world showing that a four-day workweek can be just as productive as working through Friday.

4-Day-Week Global, an advocacy organization, released a 2022 study showing that 33 companies in six countries were equally productive with a four-day workweek as five.

The participating companies saw increased revenue, employee health, and an overall positive impact on the office environment.

If the bill is passed into law, it will take effect on July 1, just in time for summer.

For more information about the bill or to track its progress, see here.

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