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1 November 2022 | Comment | Article by Louise Price

Everything you need to know about the 4 day working week | HJ Housing Week 2022

The first day of our HJ Housing Week 2022 focuses on Employment & HR.

Learn all about the pilot scheme in the UK where employees get 100% pay for 80% of their normal working hours. Louise Price, Partner and Head of Employment and HR Services at Hugh James addresses the key questions around this pioneering approach to work/life balance and staff retention.

What is the 4 day working week pilot project?

The expectations around a work life balance have shifted fundamentally since the pandemic. Find out what the 4 day working week pilot project is, where the project is being run and what the goal of the project is.

What concerns are there about a 4 day working week?

Louise looks at the concerns around the 4 day working week project and how this would actually work in practice. These concerns include the complexity around implementation, customer satisfaction, shift patterns within industry and more.

What are the potential benefits of a 4 day working week?

Louise discusses the positives of the 4 day working week project. These benefits include a more equal workplace through a better work/life balance, a more productive workforce, improved employee health and wellbeing and more.

What are the legal considerations for a 4 day working week?

There are a number of legal considerations to take into account, including changing the terms and conditions of employees’ contracts, existing contracts of part-time employees, employee productivity, claims around sexual discrimination, holiday entitlement and more.

HJ Housing Week 2022

With the largest social housing team in Wales, we’re continuing to bring our legal experts together every year in a week dedicated to everything housing. ‘HJ Housing Week’ strives to cover the full spectrum of housing issues using our 40 years of experience advising the sector.

Whether you are looking for a deep dive into a particular issue with a masterclass, an introduction to a new practice area that impacts your work or opinion on the commercial and policy decisions of the future, our blend of webinars, in-person events, articles and videos throughout HJ Housing Week will deliver the information you need at a time that suits your schedule.

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Author bio

Louise Price


A highly specialised lawyer, Louise is a Partner and Head of Employment and HR services. Her expertise includes corporate support work, TUPE, pensions and employee benefits advice. She regularly advises private, public and third sector clients regarding large scale TUPE transfers of staff including drafting indemnities and warranties, advising on potential employment and pension liabilities, information and consultation obligations, and providing best value guidance.

Disclaimer: The information on the Hugh James website is for general information only and reflects the position at the date of publication. It does not constitute legal advice and should not be treated as such. If you would like to ensure the commentary reflects current legislation, case law or best practice, please contact the blog author.


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