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Published: Friday, 2/22/2008

Governor to end flexible work hours for Ohio workers


COLUMBUS, Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland is putting an end to flexible work hours for thousands of state employees.

It s a big change for many employees who have worked nontraditional schedules for years to accommodate child care needs, spend more time with family members or make car pool arrangements with neighbors.

Under the new policy, most state employees will work 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. All state departments must comply by May 2.

The Strickland administration says the new policy is meant to improve customer service by making sure agencies are fully staffed during all business hours.

The Ohio Civil Service Employees Association says it is getting complaints and plans to meet with the administration about the changes.

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