The French National Assembly recently reduced the standard workweek from 39 hours to just 35. France followed the Netherlands, which began a program in 1988 to reduce the workweek to a mere 36 hours in certain sectors. In addition, there is proposed legislation to install workweek constraints in the European Economic Community.
Suggested citation: "Workweek Changes," Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, Economic Trends, no. 99-01, pp. 12, 01.01.1999.