House Committee Considering Paid Leave Bill

by Isaac Benmergui, Esq on December 29, 2017

House Committee Considering Paid Leave BillA huge headache for multi-state companies, paid sick leave laws are a patchwork of coverage throughout the United States. But a House Committee may be working to change that. And if they do, it will have an impact on every company, not just the ones with locations in more than one state.

The Workflex in the 21st Century Act would create an optional program that bases paid time off requirements on the size of a company’s workforce, how long an employee has worked for an employer, and how many hours they work. So, a large company with an employee who has worked there full time for ten years would be guaranteed more paid time off than an employee who works for a small employer full time and has only been there five years. Both full and part time employees would qualify for paid leave.

The option would also include guaranteed flexible work options as well, such as compressed schedules, telecommuting, job sharing, or flexible scheduling. To be eligible for flexible work program, an employee will have to have worked for at least 12 months and worked at least 1,000 hours in the previous 12 months.

This would give employers a way to opt out of the confusing and conflicting state and local laws governing paid time off in each state. The legislation would not affect FMLA or other unpaid leave laws. Employers would bear the full cost of the leave provided in the bill.

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