Impaler wrote:Sod off, ye daft bugger! You Scoti . . . oh, wait, you're not Sandman. WTF.
The "40 hour work week" is a product of the Great Depression. Prior to that, people worked six days a week, and all the hours they could be flogged into. See, for example, Lochner v. New York, one of the great Constitutional Law cases, in which the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a state law limiting bakery employees to a mere 60 hours per week was unconstitutional, because it interfered with the freedom to contract.
But in the GD, the government tried to promote a "share the work" ethic -- 40 hours a week meant that businesses would have to hire two people to do the job that one was already doing. And the U.S. Supreme Court got browbeaten into letting FDR do whatever socialistic crap he wanted, which is how we ended up bankrupt and enslaved to out-of-control state bureaucracies.
I'll take that as a compliment!
I'll look into the history of the 40 hour work week.
Meantime, I think you might find Graber interesting.