Work 4-day A Week, But You Need To Spend 12-hour Shift, Says New Rules

According to new regulations set by the government, employees who are given four days’ attendance at the office are supposed to work 12 hours every day.

Get 4 days and work for 12 hours every day

The government has announced a set of four new labor codes which are all set to cause a significant mark on how an employee’s salary and work week look like. According to the new labor law, employees who are given Four days’ work from the office have to work for 12 hours every day from next month. There has been no official announcement yet on when the new codes will be executed, however, reports suggest July 1 is the set date in all possibilities.


23 states and Union Territories (UTs) have already issued the draft rules under the Code on Wages. When the codes come into effect, employees may see an increase in work hours, changes in PF contributions, a four-day work week, and a decrease in the take-home salary, sources said.

Under the new codes, an employer may allow their employees to work for four days instead of five in a week. But the catch is, an employee can do a 4-day work week but it will see a significant increase in their work hours to 12 hours per day. The number of work hours is not going to be reduced even if there is a 4-day work week.

The new wage code

The new wage code demands a 48-hour work week. So, basically, the number of work hours daily will see a steep increase. Employees will have to increase their current eight or nine-hour work day to a 12-hour shift if they want to opt for the 4-day week. This will apply to every industry or enterprise but may change according to state laws.


Meanwhile, there have been no changes to the number of leaves but employees will now get earn leave for every 20 days of work instead of 45. Also, an employee will be suitable to apply for leave 180 days after joining a company, reduced from 240, after the new codes are implemented.

There are 29 consolidated central labor laws under four codes on wages, occupational health social security, and industrial relations. The Parliament approved the Code of Wages in August 2019 and the rest of the codes were passed in September 2020. Only after all the states publish the new rules, the codes can be implemented as labor is under the Concurrent List of the Constitution.