Lemon: 4 day work week has ‘created problems’

Legislators are pushing to end the four-day schedule for Utah state agencies with a bill that will probably be debated next week. If passed, the bill will require state agencies to be open at least five days a week, nine hours a day. In 2008, Cache County followed the lead of the state and moved to a four-day week. County Executive Lynn Lemon chose to keep his office open five days a week and he has mixed feelings about which is the best schedule. Lemon says he can see why some people get upset when a county office is closed on a Friday, then for a holiday like President’s Day on Monday which means it is closed four days of the week. “I wish (Governor Jon) Huntsman would have never proposed it,” Lemon says. “I think it has just created problems. I know they thought we were getting energy savings and we are getting energy savings. I don’t want to take it away from that. “I know a lot of our departments like it. They think the public likes it and the public does tell us they like it in general. They like to come before 8 in the morning and after 5 at nights.” But he says others are frustrated about the Friday closures and even more so when there is a holiday and the office is closed for more than half of the week.

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