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CalSHRM Advocates for Flexible Work Schedules during Capitol Visit

   4/9/2013
 

CalSHRM Advocates for Flexible Work Schedules during Capitol Visit
HR executives support state Senate and Assembly bills allowing voluntary 4-day workweek

Sacramento, Calif., April 9, 2013 — Seventy-five members of the California Society for Human Resource Management (CalSHRM) will visit the Capitol on Thursday, April 18, to provide input from human resource professionals on bills affecting employees and employers.

“California is considering a substantial number of employment-related bills this year,” said Deb Horne, state director of CalSHRM, which represents 25,000 human resources practitioners in the state. “The experiences of state HR professionals and their perspectives on the workplace will provide important information for legislators considering these measures.”

During the morning of April 18, the HR professionals will talk with legislators about three specific bills:

The California Workplace Flexibility Act of 2013 (Senate bill 607 and Assembly bill 907 as amended), which would permit a nonexempt employee in a nonunion workplace to request a four-day workweek and allow the employer to implement it without being required to pay overtime for the two additional hours worked each of those days. CalSHRM supports the bills.

“These bills would provide much needed flexibility to California’s outdated and inflexible labor laws,” said Michael Kalt, director of government affairs for CalSHRM. “By allowing employees greater choice over their schedules, the bills potentially could allow employees to spend more time with their families and less time commuting to and from work.”

Surveys show that employees value flexible work schedules, and employers find that a flexible work culture can lead to reduced turnover costs, greater employee job satisfaction and increased productivity. CalSHRM supports efforts to assist employees in meeting the dual demands of work and personal needs and encourages public policy that meets the needs of both employees and employers. 

 “Familial Status” Protection for the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) (Senate bill 404), which expands FEHA protections to prevent discrimination for anyone who provides medical or supervisory care to a family member. CalSHRM opposes the bill.

“This bill seems well intentioned. But, as currently drafted, the term ‘familial status’ is so broadly defined that it essentially would include every employee in California,” Kalt said. “In addition, the bill is potentially unnecessary because California already has laws that provide employees time off to care for family members.”

Among the offices being visited are those of Sen. Tom Berryhill (R-14th district), who introduced SB 607, and Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-19th district), who introduced SB 404.

The Capitol visit is part of the CalSHRM State Legislative Conference, being held April 17-19 at the Sheraton Grand Sacramento. Kalt, a partner at Wilson Turner Kosmo LLP in San Diego, will open the conference with a look at pending legislation that would impact the workplace (7:45 a.m. April 18).

The conference — which is open to press coverage — also includes a presentation by Paul Fearer, board member of the new California Health Benefits Exchange (2 p.m. April 18), and a panel discussion with representatives of state and federal agencies (1:30 p.m. April 19). The conference hashtag is #CalSHRMLeg.

Media: Kalt and other HR experts will be available for Q&A at a 1 p.m. press briefing Thursday, April 18, in the Beavis Room of the Sheraton. The briefing also is available by phone.

For more information on the conference, visit http://cashrm.org/files/276/documents/CAStateLegislativeConferenceBrochure.pdf

For press credentials or to schedule an interview, contact Kate Kennedy at kate.kennedy@shrm.org and 703-535-6260 and 703-862-5192.

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 18 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 CalSHRM.org for more information and follow us on Twitter @CalSHRM.

About the Society for Human Resource Management
The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world’s largest association devoted to human resource management. Representing about 260,000 members in more than 140 countries, the Society serves the needs of HR professionals and advances the interests of the HR profession. Founded in 1948, SHRM has more than 575 affiliated chapters within the United States and subsidiary offices in China and India. Visit SHRM Online at SHRM.org
 or follow us on Twitter @SHRMPress. 

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