There is a piece of good news for all the working individuals. The Union government is planning to offer companies the flexibility to choose a shorter four-day workweek. However, there are chances that the working hours might get longer.
On Monday, Apurva Chandra who is labour secretary said that the weekly 48-hour work limit will stay. Instead, the employers will be able to extend people of four 12-hour workdays per week. Or even five, around 10-hour workdays, and even the six, eight-hour days, might be enforced.
Speaking to the reporters, Apurva Chandra said, “We are not forcing employees or employers. It gives flexibility. It’s an enabling provision in sync with the changing work culture.”
The proposed provision will be a part of the labour code. Once the new rules are implemented, employers will no longer be required to ask for the government’s permission to shift to a four or five-day working week if their employees approve the arrangement.
Furthermore, Chandra said that the employers would have to ensure that there should be a three-day break if they choose a four-day workweek, and if it is a five-day week, two days of break must be introduced before beginning a new work week.
The experts said that the employers will have the freedom to choose to have 8 to 12 hours workdays once the new labour code is implemented. However, it will be based on the type of industry, demand and location.
The news has thrilled many employees as they will be getting extra time on leisure activities and recover effectively to face the coming head-on.
Apart from the employees, companies will also reap benefit from the situation, with lower rental costs and more productive and focused staff.
Thus, the four-week working situation is a win-win for both the employee and the employer. However, some experts suggest that this may lead to day’s work converting into two shifts instead of three. It may also reduce employment opportunities.