Ten Great and Proven Ways to Create a 32 Hour Work Week in California

THE DOCTOR IS IN — So some of the most idealistic members of the California legislature want to allow — if not mandate — companies with more than 500 employees to reduce the employee workweek to 32 hours…

…and for those who work more than 32 hours per week, be paid at least 1.5 times the employee’s normal rate of pay.

Pretty cool, huh? More free time, less tedious work hours and no loss of productivity! And this “big quit” makes it clear that workers are fed up with their jobs and are bailing out their employers.

Except for a few problems along the way…and I’m sure we can overcome them!

#1. Get membership and endorsement from those idiot employers of the California Chamber of Commerce. I mean, what do they know about labor costs and productivity?

#2. Tell other US states to cut the hours of their work week too, just in case this productivity issue doesn’t work out so well. After all, we wouldn’t want to see California employers moving to other states!

#3. Tell the other nations of the world to also reduce the hours of their working week! China, India and other major global players whose productivity and economic power have exploded in recent decades also need to take a break! Otherwise… it wouldn’t be right!

#4. Make the cost of gas cheaper so Californians don’t have to work more than one job just to make ends meet if they commute, have kids, want basic mobility, etc.

#5. Make the cost of utilities cheaper (see #4). Of course, we live in the Golden State – our state’s ocean breezes and mild weather really don’t need heating or cooling. And hot showers… who needs them?

#6. Make the cost of groceries cheaper (see #4). Eating is for fat people. Top Ramen and Cup O’ Noodles, anyone?

#7. Make the cost of housing cheaper – perhaps foreign and domestic investors who work more than 40 hours a week should be prevented from buying all the housing stock. What do they already have?

#8. Create laws so Californians don’t work more than one job to get ahead in life. Because if they’re already this productive working 32 hours at their main job, then that’s ALL they should live with – vacations, better cars, college education for their kids… pssssshaw! Leave me alone!

#9. Find ways to calculate all technology, manufacturing, medical and legal companies and practices so that their working hours allow delaying their weekly, monthly and quarterly deadlines. I mean, fair is fair!

#ten. Mandating pay and benefits from California’s private employee tax base and lowering the nation’s highest state taxes, so Californians can actually keep some of their money, lower their taxes, and get benefits. retirement and retirement that politicians and the public sector has!

These are ten tried and true ways to create a 32 hour work week, and they are certainly easy to implement! Just make a few more laws, and more laws, and even more laws when the previous laws just don’t add up.

I might just add an eleventh method: JUST Banish the laws of time, space, physics and economics!

…but I’m pretty sure the California State Legislature is all over it already.

And I can already see and hear the happy smiles and laughter of Californians who will be enjoying three-day workweeks every week…and who know they simply will NOT need to work extra work that day- there to pay forever – Skyrocketing cost of living in the Golden State.

(Kenneth S. Alpern, MD, is a dermatologist who has worked in clinics in Los Angeles, Orange and Riverside Counties, and is a proud husband and father of two darling children and a wonderful wife. He was excluded of the Mar Vista Community Council (MVCC) twice after two terms as a board member for 9 years and is also a board member of the Westside Village Homeowners Association, he previously co-chaired outreach committees, MVCC’s Planning and Transportation/Infrastructure Board for 10 years, previously serving as Co-Chair of the CD11 Transportation Advisory Committee, Friends of the Green Line (which focused on a Green Line/LAX connection), and the nonprofit Transit Coalition His latest project is his fictional online book titled Unforgettable Tales of Middle-earth and reachable at [email protected]. The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of Dr. Alpern.)

Maria D. Ervin