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Support for the Workflex in the 21st Century Act Continues to Grow

Dear Chairman Walberg and Ranking Member Sablan,

On behalf of Employers for Flexibility (E4F) and the undersigned organizations representing small and large businesses, institutions of higher education, and retailers, we write in strong support of H.R. 4219, the Workflex in the 21st Century Act, and urge you to support this legislation. The bill would encourage more employers to offer paid leave and flexible work arrangements to all employees.

E4F believes that the workplace is best served when employers and employees can determine when, where and how work is to be done, while accounting for differences in work environments, employer size and industries. E4F is dedicated to advancing creative policy options that allow the 21st Century Workplace to thrive, including legislation that encourages employers to adopt programs that meet the work-life needs of their employees and increase organizational success.

H.R. 4219 incorporates these principles by allowing employers to voluntarily offer employees a qualified flexible work arrangement plan under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) that includes a federal standard of paid time off and options for flexible work arrangements, such as telecommuting or compressed work schedules. This ERISA-covered plan would enable employers to provide uniform paid leave and other workflex offerings.

Full letter of support can be read here.