This week in Homebase News we cover four-day workweeks and who they leave out, Bank of America’s minimum wage raise, Chipotle’s dedication to mental health in the workplace, and more. Read below to get the details on these stories and others involving local businesses and hourly workers.

Experts: 4-Day Workweek Wouldn’t Benefit Everyone

The idea of a four-day workweek is gaining traction after Microsoft’s experiment with the concept proved to spark productivity significantly, but some say nearly half of the nation’s workforce would not benefit from the shorter work period. 

Experts highlighted that low-wage workers, teachers, and nurses would miss out on the benefits a four-day workweek would provide. With 65 million U.S. workers making less than $15 an hour and 6 million teachers and nurses nationwide, they make up nearly half of the country’s workforce. 

“Very often when we think about life conflict and over work we have a vision of white-collar workers in mind,” Daniel Schneider, a researcher at the Shift Project at the University of California at Berkeley, said. “It’s super important we bring in hourly workers into the conversation.”

Bank of America Raising Minimum Wage to $20 

Bank of America is set to raise its minimum wage from $17 to $20 an hour a year earlier than expected. 

The bank announced the increase this spring and said the increase would take place in 2021, but said Monday that the change will now take place by the end of the first quarter in 2020. 

CEO Brian Moynihan said the increase would mean that employees would make a minimum of $41,000 annually. A press release announcing the change said it is  “part of the company’s commitment to delivering sustainable, responsible growth by being a great place to work.”  

Feds Sue Walmart for Violating Reservist’s Employment Rights 

A federal lawsuit was filed against Walmart that alleges the company’s refusal to hire a reservist due to her upcoming annual two-week training violated employment law. 

The lawsuit stated that Lindsey Hunger, a petty officer 3rd class in the Navy Reserve, was rejected for a part-time seasonal position at Walmart after she told the personnel coordinator who contacted her about the job that she would need to take two weeks off for the training. 

According to the lawsuit, the personnel coordinator told Hunger “that summer was a busy time at Walmart, the store needed someone who would be there, and Walmart could not support Hunger’s absence for two weeks.” 

The Justice Department claims Walmart’s denial of initial employment to Hunger because of her military duties violated the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act. 

“Hunger’s military service and obligation to serve was a ‘motivating factor’ in Walmart’s decision not to hire her,” the lawsuit said. 

The complaint is seeking damages in the form of lost wages and other benefits. 

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