Utah returns to five-day workweek after Labor Day

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SALT LAKE CITY – All Utah state agencies will return to a five-day workweek beginning Tuesday, September 6.

The Utah Legislature approved HB 328 during the last legislative session, which took Utah from a four-day workweek to a five-day workweek. Gov. Gary Herbert vetoed the bill over funding concerns. The Utah Legislature then overrode the Governor’s veto.

A press release from the Office of the Governor said all public facing state offices will be operational from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. following the day after Labor Day.

State Senator Steve Urquhart (R-St. George) previously told St. George News state agencies were able to find efficiencies in heating and cooling that will continue when the state returns to a five-day workweek, but staffing is critical on Fridays.

“Someone needs to be available every workday, but that doesn’t mean that every single branch has to be open,” Urquhart said. “We just don’t want a total closure on Fridays. People work five days a week. The courts work five days a week. Government is in our lives every day.”

Some of the offices affected include the Department of Motor Vehicles and Division of Wildlife Resources.

jwatkins@stgnews.com

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