SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic — Personal and public corporations within the Dominican Republic are making ready for a voluntary six-month pilot program geared toward making a four-day workweek, the primary transfer of its form for the Caribbean nation.
The initiative introduced Monday will launch in February, with workers incomes the identical wage, based on the Dominican authorities. The transfer would scale back the usual workweek from the required 44 hours to 36 hours, with workers working Monday by way of Thursday solely.
“It prioritizes folks, bettering well being and well-being, and selling a sustainable and environmentally pleasant productiveness,” stated Labor Minister Luis Miguel de Camps.
Firms anticipated to take part embody Claro, the Latin American telecommunications large; energy firm EGE Haina; IMCA, a heavy gear enterprise, and the federal government’s Nationwide Well being Insurance coverage company.
An area college is tasked with analyzing the outcomes, together with any well being modifications in employees and the connection between work and their private lives.
At present, corporations within the Dominican Republic normally allocate eight hours of labor through the week and one other 4 on Saturdays, though they’re free to distribute the hours as they see match, so long as it is no more than 44 hours per week.
The Dominican Republic is following within the footsteps of Britain, which launched what was thought-about the world’s largest trial of a four-day workweek and located Positive outcomes final 12 months.
A rising variety of U.S. corporations even have switched to a shorter workweek, whereas in Chile, legislators accredited a invoice final 12 months to scale back the work week from 45 to 40 hours.