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Push to cap the work week at 38 hours

Tom Elliott
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There are calls for the work week to be capped at 38 hours.

Prof Sara Charlesworth from the Work and Family Policy Roundtable told Tom Elliott many workers feel pressure to stay at work longer than they have to.

‘At the moment, there’s not mutual agreement,’ Prof Charlesworth.

‘People can be expected to work overtime, or even, in professional jobs, you simply can’t fit a job into a full-time working day.’

Prof Charlesworth said enforcing a 38-hour week would allow couples to equalise the work-parenting balance. 

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