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
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