Will Mandatory “Commuter Benefits” Lead to More Compressed Workweeks?

Employers are going green.  Employees are compressing their work weeks and saving gas.  And now, one major U.S. city is mandating employers provide “commuter benefits” to employees.  Will this prompt more employers to adopt a four-day workweek?  image

Some key features of the new ordinance: 

Beginning 120 days after August 22, 2008 [December 22, 2008], San Francisco employers with 20 or more employees must provide commuter benefits to employees who work at least 10 hours of work per workweek within the geographic boundaries of San Francisco. This includes offering employees at least one of the following transportation benefits:

1. A pre-tax election of a maximum of $110 per month, consistent with current federal law; or
2. An employer-provided transportation pass (or provide reimbursement for) equal in value of $45 (or more) per month; or
3. Employer provided transportation at no cost to employees.

Is this a prediction of things to come?  If employers are required to pay employees up to $110 per month for the costs of commuting, I’d say that the four-day work week movement would likely explode.  One of the big motivators of the four-day work week has been the high cost of fuel. Employers claim that the compressed workweek will help alleviate the cost of gasoline for employees. 

[H/T to California’s favorite HR blogger, HR Lori]

For more on the Four-Day Work Week, the pros and cons, various alternatives, and considerations for implementation, see:

  1. Feds Take a Cue from the States and Consider the 4-Day Workweek
  2. 35 Questions You Should Ask When Drafting a Compressed Work Week Policy
  3. Positive Benefits of a Four-Day Work Week
  4. 5 Steps Toward a More Flexible Workplace
  5. Should a Four-Day Work Week Be Mandatory*
  6. It’s Saturday Today in Utah: 4 Day Work Week
  7. Alternatives to the Four Day Work Week
  8. Popularity of the 4-day Week Continues to Grow
  9. Will Four-Day School Week Push the Four-Day Work Week Trend?
  10. Utah’s Mandatory 4-Day Work Week Will Save the World. Sort of.
  11. Alternative Work Arrangement May Soon Become Mandatory
  12. I Hate To Say “I Told You So”–The 4-Day Workweek Is a Hot Topic
  13. How the Current Economy Could Affect the Future of Flextime
  14. New Employer & Workplace Study on Flexible Schedules 
  15. The Pros and Cons of a 4-Day Workweek: Cons 
  16. New Survey on Workplace Lateness Supports Flextime Initiatives?

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