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What do we do now that our employees have voted for an alternative workweek?

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Q. Our employees recently voted to establish a 4-10 workweek—four workdays a week, 10 hours per day. Are we required to submit the election results to the state?

A. Employers must report the results of all alternative workweek elections within 30 days after the results are final. The election results report must also be posted at the job site in an area frequented by employees where it may easily be read during the workday.

The report should include the final tally of the vote, the size of the unit and the nature of the employer's business.

The Industrial Welfare Commission has stated that employers should send the following information (in a memo format) to the address listed below:

  • The company name, phone number, address and contact person
  • The date of the election
  • A statement of the result (whether the employees approved or rejected the alternative schedule)
  • The tally of the vote
  • A description of the proposed schedule
  • If more than one worker voted, a statement that the vote was cast by written, secret ballot and (if they voted in favor of the proposal) that at least two-thirds of the workers approved the alternative schedule. If only one person voted, a statement that he or she approved the alternative work schedule by a written ballot

Employers should not, however, send the actual ballots. The required information should be mailed to: Division of Labor Statistics and Research, Attn: Alternative Workweek Election Results, P.O. Box 420603, San Francisco, CA 94142-0603.

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