A new bill that’s been introduced in both the House and Senate threatens to add more paperwork to your ever-expanding to-do list.

Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) recently reintroduced the Working Families Flexibility Act to Congress.

The legislation is designed to promote flexibility in the workplace.

It would give employees the right to request changes in the terms or conditions of their employment.

Specifically, employees would be able to request changes to:

  • the number of hours they are required to work
  • the time of day they are required to work or be on call
  • where they are required to work, and
  • how far in advance they must be notified of schedule assignments.

Here’s where the extra paperwork comes in. If an employee applies for one or more of these changes, an employer will be required to hold a meeting with the employee to discuss his/her application and provide a written decision within a “reasonable period.”

If an employee’s application is rejected, the employer would be required to provide a written explanation why.

To be eligible, an employee will have to have worked at least 20 hours per week or 1,000 hours per year. And employers with fewer than 15 employees would be exempt.


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