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NORCROSS | Compressed work weeks won't work for city
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ATLANTA -- The rising price of gas, gridlock and growing concerns about the environment are driving more employers to turn to the Clean Air Campaign.

The city of Norcross planned to start a 9-day, 80-hour compressed work week schedule for as many as 100 employees on Thursday but found that it won't work because of an issue with the payroll system.

But it's a really popular program.

"The general principal behind a compressed work week are to do the same number of work in fewer days," said Brian Carr, communications director for the Clean Air Campaign

A compressed work week plan lets employees work 80 hours over 9 days with a day off every other week or 40 hours over four days with a day off every week.

Carr said the program can work for employers of all sizes, private and public. The city of Roswell and Gwinnett County are among the public employers using a version of the program now.

"There's a rational business case for having these programs to help employees get out of traffic," Carr said. "It also saves money on commute costs."

The city of Norcross is moving ahead with another Clean Air Campaign program. Starting Thursday, salaried employees will telework two days a month.

The Clean Air Campaign has consultants who work with employers to design a program that will work for them. 

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