Work-life balance in the 1800s? Forget about it.
When the United States first began tracking workers’ hours in 1890, it was common for manufacturing employees to work up to 100 hours a week. When Congress passed the Fair Labor Standards Act in 1938, the U.S. limited the workweek to 44 hours. Two years later, the workweek was amended to 40 hours and became the workplace norm for almost a century.
Andrew Barnes says a change is long overdue.