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Both Employers and Employees Get Benefits Under the Workflex in the 21st Century Act

By Marc Freedman, 07/16/18

There’s a new entry in the paid leave debate, and it supports a trend already occurring in the modern workplace: Employers are increasingly embracing workplace flexibility by offering more options for their employees regarding when, where, and how work is done. This approach is one that both workers and employers can embrace.

The Workflex in the 21st Century Act (H.R. 4219) is an innovative, national approach to increasing the availability of paid leave and flexible work options for families that also helps employers navigate a patchwork of conflicting regulations.

The Workflex bill, introduced by Rep. Mimi Walters (R-CA), stands apart from previous national proposals by relying on an incentive mechanism, instead of a mandate, along with scaled amounts of leave to facilitate the expansion of paid leave and flexible work options that suit a broad array of workplaces.

If an employer chooses to adopt the provisions of the bill, the same nationally structured paid leave benefit program would apply to all of its workers, thus ensuring that employers are not subject to an increasing patchwork of state and local leave mandates. The difficulty of these mandates is less the amount of specified leave than the administrative details each one imposes that are rarely in sync.

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