Sunday, October 3, 2010

Working Families Flexibility Act

Former Senator Ted Kennedy was partially well-known for his highly progressive and innovative labor & employment law legislation. A former bill proposal of his has been re-born in the Senate via Bob Casey (D-Pa.) and Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), S. 3840: Working Families Flexibility Act. Similar legislation was introduced in the House but has gone nowhere.

The bill proposal is pretty interesting in that it authorizes an employee to request from an employer a change in the terms or conditions of the employee's employment if the request relates to: (1) the number of hours the employee is required to work; (2) the times when the employee is required to work; or (3) where the employee is required to work. The legislation does not require the employer to grant such requests but merely sets forth a duty for the employer to hear the request(s) and makes it unlawful for interference of rights under the legislation.

Hat tip: The Delaware Employment Blog

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