Flexibility for Working Families

Congresswoman Maloney knows that the working dynamic of most American families has greatly changed over the last 50 years. Many families do not have a stay-at-home member, making it difficult to manage when someone in the family falls ill and needs extra care. The Congresswoman has introduced legislation that would support working family members adjusting their work schedules to accommodate busy, family friendly schedules.

The Flexibility for Working Families Act will help American families across the country by putting in place a process for employees to request a temporary or permanent change in their work schedules, such as the number of hours the employee is required to work, the times when the employee is required to work or be on notice, where the employee is required to work, and the notice of schedule assignments. This legislation provides employees with job protection when making the request.

Flexible work arrangements have also been shown to improve the bottom line for businesses. Corporate Voices for Working Families found that implementing workplace flexibility improves the bottom line by helping businesses to attract and retain key talent, increase employee retention and reduce turnover, reduce overtime and absenteeism, and enhance employee productivity, effectiveness, and engagement. Furthermore, President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisors found that, as more businesses adopt flexibility practices, the benefits to society, in the form of reduced traffic, improved employment outcomes, and more efficient allocation of employees to employers, may be even greater than the gains to individual businesses and employees.

Link to studies (these will be hyperlinked into the text):

Corporate Voices study https://www.wfd.com/PDFS/BusinessImpactsofFlexibility_March2011.pdf

Council of Economic Advisers https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/updated_workplace_flex_report_final_0.pdf

More on Flexibility for Working Families

May 28, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) today introduced the Flexibility for Working Families Act. This legislation would ensure that hardworking Americans can request that their employer to modify their schedules so workers can balance the demands of their jobs and their home life without fear of reprisal.


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That was an unacceptable answer for me—and sadly, many workers hear similar words to this day when they need family and medical leave from their jobs to care for themselves and their families.

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Dec 17, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY-12), Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, and U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today introduced legislation that would bring the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) into the 21st Century.  The Family Medical Leave Modernization Act will guarantee small necessities leave and make important updates to the definition of family to ensure a broader range of caregiving relationships are covered by FMLA’s protections.

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Jul 12, 2019 Newsletter

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Jul 12, 2019 In The News

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Jul 10, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), sponsor of H.R. 1534 Federal Employee Paid Leave Act (FEPLA), Congresswoman Chrissy Houlahan (D-PA), and House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-WA) released the following statements after their amendment, which reflects the language in H.R. 1534, was officially adopted in the NDAA after passage of the rule today in the House. The provision provides 12 weeks paid family medical leave to federal workers to care for themselves and their families.

Jun 13, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY-12) introduced the Family Medical Leave Modernization Act of 2018 to bring family medical leave into the 21st century. The FMLA Modernization Act would expand FMLA eligibility, cover parental involvement leave, and modernize the FMLA definition of family.

May 2, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) and Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) have reintroduced the Flexibility For Working Families Act which will ensure that working Americans can ask their employer for modified schedules so they can balance the demands of their jobs and their home life.