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It’s Time for a National ‘Workflex’ Policy

By Crystal Frey, 09/30/18 The well-intentioned Maryland Healthy Working Families Act, which took effect earlier this year, ensures paid leave options for many employees. However, it also creates unintended roadblocks for employers like mine, Continental Realty Corporation (CRC), which already provides more generous paid leave benefits than required under the law. How is this possible, […]

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Progressive Policy Institute Supports the Workflex in the 21st Century Act

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 […]

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House Hearing Shines Spotlight on Workflex Bill, Growing Coalition of Support

Washington, D.C., July 24, 2018 — Employers for Flexibility (E4F) applauded a House subcommittee today for shining a light on Rep. Mimi Walters’s Workflex in the 21st Century Act (H.R. 4219) – an innovative, national approach to delivering more flexibility and paid leave for employees and more certainty for employers. “The legislation we are discussing […]

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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 […]

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Retail Industry Leaders Association Supports the Workflex in the 21st Century Act

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 […]

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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 […]

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U.S. Chamber of Commerce Supports the Workflex in the 21st Century Act

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 […]

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Flexible Work Options Fuel Success

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 […]

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For Working Dads, Workflex Works

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 […]

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National Retail Federation Supports the Workflex in the 21st Century Act

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 […]

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Congress, Give Working Moms the Gift of Workflex This Mother’s Day

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 […]

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Congress must pass new legislation to support women-owned businesses: NAWBO

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 […]

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Now is the Time for “Workflex in the 21st Century”

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 […]

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Workflex: A Modern Approach To Balanced Personal and Professional Life

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 […]

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A Powerful Combination – SHRM-backed legislation provides paid leave and workplace flexibility guarantees

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 […]

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Paid Family Leave Proposals Gaining Attention, Possibly Momentum

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 […]

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The Workflex in the 21st Century Act: Compensable Leave Requirement

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 […]

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The Workflex in the 21st Century Act: Some of the Details

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 […]

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What is the Workflex in the 21st Century Act?

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. […]

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Shining a Spotlight on Paid Leave and Workflex as FMLA Turns 25

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, […]

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Paid Leave is on Employers’ Agenda, Too, Mr. President

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 […]

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HR Policy Association Supports Workflex in the 21st Century Act

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 […]

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National Association of Women Business Owners Supports Workflex in the 21st Century Act

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 […]

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Ivanka Trump Lobbying for National Paid Family Leave Program

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 […]

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Healthcare, workforce flexibility top agenda of new SHRM CEO

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 […]

Letter of Support

Progressive Policy Institute Supports Workflex in the 21st Century Act

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 […]

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CUPA-HR Supports the Workflex in the 21st Century Act

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.

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National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors Supports the Workflex in the 21st Century Act.

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 […]

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Legislation would create national policy for paid time off

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 […]

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The Paid Sick Days Bill That Even Big Business Supports

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 […]

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What is the Workflex in the 21st Century Act?

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 […]

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Fight over paid leave heating up in Congress

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 […]

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Society for Human Resource Management Supports Workflex in the 21st Century Act

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 […]

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Workflex In The 21st Century Act Could Modernize ERISA With Telecommuting, Job-Sharing, And More

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 […]

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Independent Women’s Forum: Women in Congress Have an Answer to Paid Leave

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, […]

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Legislation aims to expand employer paid leave

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.

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Republican Main Street and Progressive Policy Institute: New Workplace Flexibility Bill is a Win-Win for Employers & Working Families

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 […]

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Employers Back New Paid Leave, Workplace Flexibility Bill

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, […]

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Society for Human Resource Management: Solving the Workplace Equation #Workflex

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.

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National Association of Manufacturers: Forward Progress for Modern Benefits for a Modern Workforce

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 […]