Compressed Work Week Law and Legal Definition

A compressed work week is a work schedule condensing the standard full-time work week into fewer than five full days. It gives employees more control over their work schedules and, by so doing, improves their morale and motivates them to improve the performance of their work units. It is a voluntary arrangement that some employers offer and policies vary by employer.

Examples of compressed work week schedules are:

1. Nine nine-hour days, one eight hour day, and one day off every pay period;

2. Four ten hour days each week, and a day off each week;

3. Four nine-hour days and one four hour day each week (one afternoon or morning off each week);

4. Four seven-hour days and one twelve-hour day each week (works well for businesses that are open in the evening as well as during the day);