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California Assembly Bill 2448 Allows Employers to Meet Need for Flexibility in Workplace, HR Executive Tells Labor Committee

   4/23/2014
 

CalSHRM testifies in support of bill allowing flexible work schedules for private-sector nonexempt employees

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) told an Assembly committee today that private-sector employees would benefit if employers were allowed to offer the sought-after flexible work schedules already available in the public sector.


Deb Horne
“My company and employers across California would appreciate the option of allowing flextime to help employees better meet their work-life needs,” Deb Horne, past state director of the 25,000-member California State Council of the Society for Human Resource Management (CalSHRM), told the Assembly’s Labor and Employment Committee. “For years, public and union employees have had this flexibility. It’s time to extend this benefit choice to employees in the private sector.”

Horne testified on behalf of CalSHRM and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) in support of Assembly Bill 2448, which would permit a nonexempt employee to request a flexible work schedule of up to 10 hours a day within a 40-hour workweek and waive his right to overtime pay for the additional two hours worked each day.

Speaking from her experience as director of human resources for CMC Rescue Inc. in Santa Barbara, Horne said private employers struggle with onerous requirements of wage and hour laws to try to help employees meet their responsibilities at work and at home.

According to Horne, the bill would provide much-needed flexibility by allowing individual employees to elect an alternate workweek schedule without the need for employers to comply with the difficult process of obtaining work-unit approval. 

“The Workplace Flexibility Act of 2014 also includes important employee protections by allowing employees to choose whether or not to participate in the flexible work schedule depending on the employee’s needs,” Horne told the committee.   

Horne and about 60 other HR professionals from across California will visit the state capitol Thursday, April 24, to ask legislators to modernize the state’s wage and hour laws to accommodate flexible work schedules.

“There is no doubt that employees today are juggling ever more responsibilities both at work and at home, which is why many employees are requesting more flexible work arrangements,” she said.

“Most importantly, the flexible work arrangement offers employees an opportunity to spend more time with their families and contributes to employees’ well-being,” Horne added. “Public policy proposals that encourage or allow employers to offer voluntary work-life options are welcomed.”

Media: For more information or to schedule an interview, contact Kate Kennedy at kate.kennedy@shrm.org and 703-535-6260 and 703-862-5192 or Vanessa Gray at 703-535-6072 and Vanesssa.gray@shrm.org. Twitter: @SHRMCalif.

A copy of the testimony is available at http://www.shrm.org/Advocacy/Issues/WorkplaceFlexibility/Documents/014AB2448WorkFlex%20SHRM%20testimony%20PROOFED%204-21-14%20FINAL.pdf

About CalSHRM
The California State Council of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is dedicated to uniting and supporting California's 25,000-person HR community. The California State Council (CalSHRM) is the liaison and support organization that links all 17 of California's local SHRM chapter leaders with SHRM's area and national organizations. CalSHRM is composed of elected officers and the presidents of California's SHRM chapters, which range in size from 40 members to more than 5,000 and cover four geographic areas across the state. Visit www.calshrm.org for more information and follow us on Twitter @CalSHRM.

About the Society for Human Resource Management
Founded in 1948, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world’s largest HR membership organization devoted to human resource management. Representing more than 275,000 members in over 160 countries, the Society is the leading provider of resources to serve the needs of HR professionals and advance the professional practice of human resource management. SHRM has more than 575 affiliated chapters within the United States and subsidiary offices in China, India and United Arab Emirates. Visit SHRM Online at www.shrm.org and follow us on Twitter @SHRMCalif.

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