Yolo County Considers Shorter Work Week

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, October 14, 2008

County officials say the rising cost of utilities and fuel has prompted them to consider an alternate work schedule. 

"We would be open four days per week instead of five and most likely we would be open from 7 AM to 6 PM those four days." 

That’s the county’s Human Resources Director – Mindi Nunes. She says switching to a shorter work week would save the county about $300,000 a year in utility costs.

And she says since most county employees commute about 30-miles to work each day…it would help save gas. 

But would employees have Mondays or Fridays off? 

"We’ve already surveyed our employees and there was a split between Mondays and Fridays so our board would have to make that decision." 

Only law and justice agencies like the Sheriff’s Department and the District Attorney’s Office would be exempt from the new work schedule. If supervisors approve the idea, the new work week could start early next year.