November 2, 2017
Contact: T.W. Arrighi
Rep. Mimi Walters Introduces New Workplace Flexibility Legislation
Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Mimi Walters (R-California), Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-New York), and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Washington), introduced the Workflex in the 21st Century Act, H.R. 4219.
The Workflex in the 21st Century Act, also known as the Workflex bill, would help employees strike a better work-life balance. Studies have shown that employees want a workplace that supports both their personal and professional responsibilities. Employers who choose to adopt a workflex plan would be required to provide paid leave to all employees and offer all employees the option to participate in at least one of six flexible scheduling options, such as telework or predictable scheduling. Importantly, paid leave can be used as employees see fit: there are no restrictions. For more information on this legislation, please visit: walters.house.gov/workflex.
Regarding the legislation, Congresswoman Walters said, “We’re all leading increasingly busy lives at home and at work. Hard-working Americans deserve to have scheduling options that will help them find a better work-life balance.
“As our kids grow up and our parents age, being able to adjust work schedules to accommodate personal responsibilities would be a tremendous help. Under this bill, employees could spend more time with their families and in their communities, while working for an employer that understands their needs.
“I am proud to introduce the Workflex bill today with Congresswoman Stefanik and Congresswoman McMorris Rodgers, and I look forward to working with my colleagues to advance this important legislation.”
“This important legislation would allow businesses to offer flexibility in their employment leave plans to suit the business and the employee,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. "As a millennial, one of the most common workforce demands from my generation is more flexibility in their work place, and this legislation would amend federal law to allow businesses to voluntarily provide paid leave and workflex options to their employees. This is a win-win for employers and for our workforce.”
Congresswoman McMorris Rodgers said, “The 21st Century workforce values flexibility. Whether it’s the single mom trying to make her son’s baseball game, or the dad trying to leave work on time to drive across town to his daughter's dance recital, workplace flexibility measures help families juggle their busy lives. The future of work is changing and this legislation recognizes that our workplace rules are outdated and limit the flexible options people seek today.”
Walters represents California’s 45th District and serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee.