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More employers considering 4-day workweek

More employers considering 4-day workweek

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It's the latest trend sweeping the nation, and Utah is no exception. It's the four-day workweek, and it's getting some serious consideration in a lot of places.

The Davis County Commission is talking about the possibility of four 10-hour days. It's not an official proposal. But commissioners say if they talk about it, they would want to make sure the whole government doesn't shut down on Fridays. The courts, public works and sheriff's office would have to remain open all week.

Commissioners tell The Davis County Clipper they like how the city of Bountiful does it, with employees' four 10-hour days staggered throughout the week.

One commissioner says it may be worth giving the schedule a year's trial.

Meanwhile, one police department is definitely making the change. But it won't mean fewer officers on the streets.

Starting next week in South Salt Lake, administrative offices will be open only four days a week.

"We're going to try it out. Certainly, with energy costs what they are, we want to try to conserve as much energy as we can. Fuel costs are so high," said Officer Gary Keller.

He says they'll evaluate any savings after a trial period.

West Valley police and city offices have been operating on such a schedule for years.


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