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

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.

Feb 13, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Reps. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY-12), Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD-5), Barbara Comstock (R-VA-10), Don Beyer (D-VA-8) and Jamie Raskin (D-MD-8) renewed calls today to extend paid leave protections to federal workers as they reintroduced the Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act (FEPPLA). Reps. Maloney, Hoyer, Beyer and Raskin were joined today by AFSCME and NTEU to discuss the importance of this bill to federal workers and their families.

Jun 16, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) today introduced two bills, the FMLA Inclusion Act and FMLA Enhancement Act, to support more working families by expanding and enhancing the Family and Medical Leave Act. Rep. Maloney joined with Representatives Jan Schakowsky (IL-09) and Frederica Wilson (FL-24) to introduce a package of bills designed to improve the FMLA.

Apr 4, 2016 Press Release

New York—Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) today released the following statement about the recently passed New  York State budget:

Feb 18, 2016 Press Release

NEW YORK--Congresswoman Maloney joined Governor Andrew Cuomo at a rally for paid leave in Harlem yesterday. The Governor’s proposal, included as part of his 2016-17 budget, would grant workers up to 12 weeks of paid family leave to handle family emergencies and would cover all employees, regardless of business size. The legislation is part of a larger effort on the Governor’s part to fight worker inequality. Under Cuomo’s plan, workers would be eligible to receive 35% of their weekly salary.

Jan 29, 2016 Press Release

NEW YORK – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) today released the following statement on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s paid family leave proposal. Maloney spoke at a rally with Vice President Joe Biden and Governor Cuomo to announce the new effort. The Congresswoman has been a leader in the effort to expand paid family leave.

Jun 20, 2007 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-Manhattan & Queens) today introduced H.R. 2792, the "Family and Medical Leave Inclusion Act" (FMLIA) in the U.S. House of Representatives. The legislation includes couples in domestic partnerships, civil unions, and same-sex marriages under the terms of the landmark 1993 Family and Medical Leave Act. The Human Rights Campaign, a leading national advocacy organization for LGBT rights, strongly supports the bill.