Sending Office: Honorable Carolyn B. Maloney
Request for Cosponsor(s)
Across all sectors and industries, flexible work arrangements are a proven strategy to meet the 21st Century’s diverse workforce needs. These voluntary arrangements have been shown to boost employee satisfaction and their physical and mental health as well
as improve businesses’ bottom line by helping to retain key talent, reduce absenteeism, and enhance employee productivity.
Flexible workplace policies are a win-win for business and workers. To help promote these policies, next week Sen. Casey and I plan to reintroduce the Flexibility for Working Families Act (HR 1450 in the 114th Congress). This legislation guarantees employees
the right to request flexible work arrangements and provides employers with flexibility by encouraging them to review these requests, propose changes, and even deny them if they are not in the best interest of the business. Such voluntary arrangements between
employees and employers include changing the time, amount, and/or place that work is conducted in order to allow workers to more easily meet the needs of both work and family life.
Similar “right to request” laws have successfully increased productivity, attendance and overall job satisfaction in Great Britain, Germany, the Netherlands, and New Zealand.
Over the last 50 years the American workforce and demographics have shifted tremendously. Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that the over 70 percent of women with children under 18 are now in the labor force, up from under 50 percent in 1975.
And one in 6 working Americans are also responsible for caring for an elderly or disabled relative. Flexible work arrangements help these Americans manage these responsibilities alongside their job, and are beneficial to both families and employers.
I hope you will take a look at this legislation, and please have your staff contact Chris Gorud in my office with any questions or to add your name as a cosponsor.
CAROLYN B. MALONEY
Member of Congress
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