A subcommittee of the U.S. House Education and the Workforce Committee on July 24 considered legislation sponsored by U.S. Rep. Mimi Walters (R-CA) that would allow employers to offer their employees paid leave and a flexible work arrangement on a voluntary basis.

The Education and the Workforce Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions heard witness testimonies regarding the Workflex in the 21st Century Act, H.R. 4219, which would amend the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 to establish a voluntary workflex option under which employers who provide flexible workplace arrangement plans that include a combination of paid leave and flexible work options are exempt from certain state and local laws regarding employee benefits, according to the congressional record summary.

“Our work and home lives are growing increasingly busier, placing a premium on our free time. My Workflex legislation would give hard-working Americans access to paid leave and flexible work schedules that will help them find a better work-life balance,” said Rep. Walters, who introduced H.R. 4219 on Nov. 2, 2017. U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) is an original cosponsor of the proposal.


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