Maloney Introduces Flexibility for Working Families Act

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.


“The COVID pandemic and the pressures it has put on hardworking Americans have made clearer than ever before that we need to ensure flexible workplace policies,” said Congresswoman Maloney. “Employees in all industries are working to balance childcare, caring for an elderly parent, or even living with a medical condition, and having flexible workplace arrangements means that these workers would not need to choose between food on the table and caring for themselves or loved ones. This is a simple, clear solution to make sure workers can have an open dialogue with their employers and request modified schedules without fear of reprisal.”


The legislation is endorsed by: National Partnership for Women & Families, A Better Balance: The Work & Family Legal Center, National Organization for Women, National Employment Law Project, Workplace Fairness, NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice, National WIC Association, Oxfam America, PL+US: Paid Leave for the United States and National Employment Lawyers Association.


"Ensuring that workers can request flexible work without penalty is more crucial than ever, as millions of workers face barriers to flexibility and are forced to choose between earning a paycheck and caring for their loved ones. A new report by A Better Balance clearly shows that workers, especially low-wage women of color with caregiving responsibilities, routinely face blowback for even requesting a modest adjustment to their hours or schedules. On the heels of a global pandemic that has forced millions of women out of the workforce, Congresswoman Maloney's Flexibility for Working Families Act is a crucial piece of legislation to help America build back better and allow our families to thrive," said Dina Bakst, Co-Founder and Co-President, A Better Balance.


The Flexibility for Working Families Act would guarantee workers the right to request temporary or permanent changes to:

  • 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
  • notifications of schedule assignments.


Joining Congresswoman Maloney as original cosponsors of the bill are Representatives Andre Carson (D-IN), Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), and Jim Cooper (D-TN).