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Senate Bill 607 Meets Employees’ Call for Flexibility in Workplace, HR Executive Tells Calif. Labor Committee

   4/24/2013

Senate Bill 607 Meets Employees’ Call for Flexibility in Workplace, HR Executive Tells Labor Committee
CalSHRM testifies in support of bill allowing voluntary 4-day workweek

SACRAMENTO, Calif., April 24, 2013 — Employees are asking for more flexibility as they juggle ever more responsibilities at home and work. To meet that need, the California Society for Human Resource Management (CalSHRM) supports public policy that encourages flexibility in the workplace, including the California Workplace Flexibility Act (Senate Bill 607), the state director of CalSHRM told a Senate committee hearing today.

“If enacted into law, the bill would positively impact both employees and employers who wish to embrace workplace flexibility,” said Deb Horne, state director of the 25,000-member CalSHRM, told the Senate Labor and Industrial Relations Committee.

Horne noted that SB 607 includes important protections for employees, including making a flexible work schedule voluntary.

Seventy-five HR professionals visited the Capitol last week to voice their support for SB 607 and Assembly Bill 907. The bills would permit a nonexempt employee in a nonunion workplace to request a four-day, 10-hours-a-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.

Surveys from the Society for Human Resource Management have shown that executives say the biggest threat to their organizations’ success is attracting and retaining the best employees and HR professionals say the best way to recruit the brightest talent is to provide flexibility in the workplace.

Horne, director of human resources for CMC Rescue Inc. in Santa Barbara, said her company’s employees are excited about the potential of flexible schedules, but her company worries that implementation of such a program might conflict with current California wage and hour laws.

“My company and employers across California would appreciate the option of allowing flextime to help employees better meet their work-life needs,” she said.

In addition, she told senators that flexible work schedules would have other potential benefits to the state, including reduced traffic congestion and pollution and stronger parental involvement in children’s education.

“In the global 21st century economy, workplace flexibility policies help both multinational corporations and small business meet the needs of their employees,” Horne said.

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.

A copy of the testimony is available at http://cashrm.org/files/276/documents/SenateHear.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 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. SHRM offers research on workplace and workforce issues and California-specific resources and media sources. Visit SHRM Online at SHRM.org or follow us on Twitter @SHRMPress.


 

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