The members of the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) commends your introduction of innovative legislation, H.R. 4219, the Workflex in the 21st Century Act. RILA is supportive of the bill and encourages all members of Congress to cosponsor. By way of background, RILA is the trade association of the world’s largest and most innovative retail […]
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 […]
The U.S. Chamber commends you for introducing H.R. 4219, the Workflex in the 21st Century Act, an innovative approach to increasing the availability of paid leave and flexible work options for American employees that also helps employers navigate a patchwork of conflicting regulations. H.R. 4219 differs from other leave proposals by relying on an incentive […]
By Jeanette Armbrust 06/28/18 As the founder of a successful small business, I’m a strong believer that cultivating the right work environment is not just important, but essential to the long-term viability and growth of any business endeavor. Ultimately, it comes down to people – leaders who set the direction and tone, and the team […]
Patrick Brady 06/17/18 Growing up, both my father and mother worked. What may have been the exception when I was a kid has become the norm, where most young families are dual-income. Now 35 and married with a five-year-old son and a wife who also works full-time, mine is just such a family. In our […]
Many retailers already provide employees with extensive, flexible benefits tailored to their workforce needs. Unfortunately, laws passed by many state and local governments have left an uneven regulatory environment for retailers. For these retailers seeking relief from the patchwork of state and local laws, your legislation provides a sensible solution while preserving the ability of […]
Lisa Horn 05/10/18 With Mother’s Day right around the corner, American families look forward to celebrating motherhood and showing much-deserved love and appreciation for moms across the country. As the mother of two children, I am so grateful for the fulfillment and joy that comes with raising great kids. I’m also very familiar with the […]
By Kathy Warnick, Columbus Business First 04/25/18 NAWBO is calling on Congress to swiftly pass H.R. 4219, the Workflex in the 21st Century Act authored by Mimi Walters, R-California. This bill would amend the Employee Retirement and Income Security Act to create a qualified flexible work arrangement plan as an employee welfare benefit. By voluntarily […]
Loreen Gilbert, 04/20/18 (Irvine, CA – April 20, 2018) – We are fortunate that the modern workplace has opened new doors and changed how we think about when and where work is done. This makes all the difference in the world for employees navigating trying times and for employers who want to help themthrough times […]
By Congresswoman Mimi Walters, 03/14/18 As our children grow, our parents age and we become more involved in our communities, our personal and work lives become more difficult to manage. It’s time to change the way we work so we can better balance our personal and professional responsibilities. Last fall, I introduced the Workflex in […]
By Lisa Horn, March 2018 Nobody understands the pressures of modern life in the workplace better than human resource professionals. Not only do HR pros spend their workdays addressing the needs of employees who are trying to meet their many work and family obligations, they face those same challenges themselves. The pressure to deliver at […]
By Tammy Binford, HR Daily Advisor 02/09/18 With all that’s going on in Washington, D.C., it’s easy for issues to get lost in the noise and clutter, but paid family leave is managing to remain a topic of conversation. Recent months have seen various paid family leave proposals floated. The issue was mentioned in the […]
Michael Haberman, 02/08/18 As promised in my blog post yesterday, here are the details about the compensable leave requirements under the Workflex in the 21st Century Act. Yesterday, I wrote about the fact that companies that wish to be covered by this act must have a Qualified Flexible Workplace Arrangement (QFWA) plan under ERISA. To be qualified […]
Michael Haberman, 02/07/18 On January 30, I wrote What is the Workflex in the 21st Century Act? as an introduction to a bill in the House of Representatives that the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) is supporting. I think is certainly worthy of consideration by employers. If you have not read my overview of the bill click […]
Michael Haberman, 02/06/18 We all know that workplace flexibility, family-friendly policies, and paid leave are at the forefront of many company and legislative discussions. Numerous articles condemn the lack of family-friendly policies in the US, see here and here. As a reaction, many states have, or are in the process of, passing local legislation requiring various levels of leave. […]
Lisa Horn, 2/05/18 In the span of just two weeks, federal leave policy has gotten a lot of attention. This week (Feb. 5) marks the 25th anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), which guarantees employees time off to care for themselves and their families without fear of losing their job. Last week, […]
Washington, D.C. (January 31, 2018) – Lisa Horn, Executive Director of Employers for Flexibility (E4F), provided the following statement after President Trump’s call for new policies that improve paid leave options for American workers: “During his State of the Union address, the President discussed a proposal to provide employees with paid parental leave – consistent […]
HR Policy Association is a public policy advocacy organization representing the chief human Resource officers of more than 375 of the largest employers in the United States. Collectively, their companies employ more than 11 million people in the United States. Our members are sensitive to their employees’ desires for both paid leave and flexible work […]
NAWBO members, other small business owners and their employees wear many hats and all stand to be positively impacted by this voluntary incentive-based approach to paid leave and workplace flexibility. We applaud you for your leadership on this important piece of legislation which strives to strike a balance between the flexibility often needed by employees […]
By Tyrone Richardson, Bloomberg 01/22/18 White House aide Ivanka Trump has been meeting with lawmakers on Capitol Hill in recent days as part of the administration’s effort to build support for a national program offering paid leave for working families. “We are working with members of Congress, on both sides of the aisle and thought […]
By Nick Otto, Employee Benefit Advisor 01/16/18 A big move in 2017 was the SHRM-developed workflex bill, the Workflex in the 21st Century Act (H.R. 4219), introduced in the House of Representatives in November by Rep. Mimi Walters (R-CA). “I love the title because that’s it. It reflects that we’re in the 21st century and […]
To balance the demands of work, family, and the curveballs life throws at us, the Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) has long supported flexible work arrangements for workers, including paid parental, family, and medical leave, flex–‐time and telecommuting. Not only do such arrangements help workers balance work and family, they are also good for companies. Today’s […]
H.R. 4219 encourages employers to create generous benefit plans for employee paid leave flexible work arrangements by providing employers that provide such plans with relief from from the confusing patchwork of various state and local laws and related tracking and paperwork requirements. CUPA-HR Letter of Support can be found here.
H.R. 4219 proposes a creative, flexible alternative in which employers are given a choice: continue to comply with the increasingly complicated web of varying state and local enactments in this space, or offer a “Qualified Flexible Work Arrangement Plan” (QFWA) under the Employee Retirement and Income Security Act (ERISA). To qualify as an ERISA plan […]
By Jeff Green and Rebecca Greenfield Bloomberg 11/29/17 American workers have some unlikely allies in the fight for paid sick days. U.S. Rep. Mimi Walters, R-Calif., has sponsored a bill that would encourage companies to provide 14 to 20 days of paid time off, and big business loves it. Currently in committee, the bill would […]
By Jeff Green and Rebecca Greenfield 11/28/17 American workers have some unlikely allies in the fight for paid sick days. California Republican Mimi Walters has sponsored a bill that would encourage companies to provide 14 to 20 days of paid time off, and big business loves it. Currently in committee, the bill would also encourage […]
By Bridget Miller, 11/21/17 The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) worked with input from HR professionals and with Congress to help create the Workflex in the 21st Century Act, which was introduced in the House of Representatives in early November 2017. The bill, also currently known as H.R. 4219, addresses the joint concerns of […]
By Lydia Wheeler 11/12/17 A bitter fight is looming in Congress over the push for paid family leave, despite broad backing for the idea from both parties and the White House. Republicans and Democrats are divided over the details of a legislative proposal. Meanwhile, White House adviser Ivanka Trump is pushing an alternative plan, leaving […]
On behalf of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and our 285,000 members, I am writing to commend your leadership and thank you for introducing H.R. 4219, the Workflex in the 21st Century Act. SHRM and its members believe that the United States must have a 21st Century workflex policy that works for both […]
Robert S. Ellerbrock 11/08/17 On November 2, 2017, U.S. Representative Mimi Walters (R-CA) introduced the Workflex in the 21st Century Act, a bill that would amend the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). The legislation would allow employers to create an ERISA plan, known as a qualified flexible workplace arrangement plan, to offer […]
Patrice Lee Onwuka, 11/08/17 How can we increase access to paid leave benefits and flexibility in the workplace for workers while not burdening employers with added costs or unnecessary requirements? Representative Mimi Walters of California introduced legislation to tackle this problem. Her timing is important. As states introduce and implement new one-size-fits-all paid leave mandates, […]
House Republicans unveiled a proposal Thursday to create a federal paid leave policy that would be covered by employers, The Hill reported. The Workflex in the 21st Century Act, drafted with the help of the Society for Human Resource Management, would exempt businesses from having to comply with state paid leave laws if they offer a minimum level of paid time off and at least one flexible working arrangement.
WASHINGTON – Following the introduction of H.R. 4219, the Workflex in the 21st Century Act, Republican Main Street Partnership and the Progressive Policy Institute today released statements in support of the new legislation. Introduced today by Rep. Mimi Walters (CA-45), the bill provides American businesses and their employees with greater choice, flexibility and predictability for […]
Washington, D.C. (November 2, 2017) – Employers for Flexibility (E4F), a broad coalition of leading organizations representing employers of all sizes and industries from coast to coast, strongly supports legislation introduced today in the U.S. House of Representatives by Rep. Mimi Walters (R-CA), which would create the nation’s first federal comprehensive framework for workplace flexibility, […]
Nearly everyone in the workforce today is familiar with the challenges of meeting our work and family obligations. Moms and dads struggle to take care of sick children – or just pick them up from daycare – while meeting the next project deadline. Experienced professionals balance company budgets while arranging for long-term care for their aging parents. These are just two routine examples.
Amanda Wood, 11/02/17 Today, Congresswoman Mimi Walters (R-CA) introduced, H.R. 4219, the “Workflex in the 21st Century Act,” which would create the nation’s first federal comprehensive framework for workplace flexibility. The legislation provides a guaranteed level of paid time off and flexible work arrangement options, like telecommuting or compressed schedules, to meet the needs of […]
The proposal has been in motion for the past couple of years, but it will gain steam in the coming months and will likely result in a bill introduction this summer, said Lisa Horn of SHRM.
Lisa Horn, director of congressional affairs and leader of SHRM’s Workplace Flexibility Initiative, spoke about a new work-flex bill being introduced to Congress.
“It’s difficult to navigate all those different laws,” says Lisa Horn, director of congressional affairs for SHRM, which represents thousands of HR managers in more than 100 countries.
“Navigating the current patchwork of state and local requirements is a real challenge for SHRM’s HR members,” Lisa Horn, director of congressional affairs at SHRM, told Bloomberg BNA