The Times podcast: California mulls a four-day workweek

Billy the goat passes walks through a yoga class
Billy the goat passes through the legs of participants during the Hello Critter goat yoga class at the Community Center of La Cañada Flintridge.
(Raul Roa / Los Angeles Times)

More and more companies worldwide are making the switch to a 32-hour workweek. And in California, there’s even talk of making it the law. Today, we discuss what the state Legislature is discussing. And we hear from people at companies that already have done that. And guess what? Worker productivity, at least according to them, is as great as ever.

Read the transcript.


Host: Gustavo Arellano

Guests: L.A. Times breaking news reporter Hayley Smith, and Andrew Barnes, 4 Day Week Global co-founder

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“The Times” is made by columnist Gustavo Arellano, senior producers Denise Guerra, Shannon Lin and Kasia Broussalian and producers David Toledo, Ashlea Brown and Angel Carreras. Our engineers are Mario Diaz and Mark Nieto. Our editor is Kinsee Morlan. Our executive producers are Jazmín Aguilera and Shani O. Hilton. Our theme song was composed by Andrew Eapen.