SHRM Testifies in Support the Work-Life Balance Act

Apr 22, 2010

SHRM Testifies in Support the Work-Life Balance Act

Outlines a New Approach to Flexible Work Options, Paid Leave and Other Public Policy Programs

Alexandria, Va. – In testimony today before the House Education and Labor Subcommittee on Workforce Protections, China Miner Gorman, chief global member engagement officer for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), commended Chairwoman Woolsey (D-CA) and Ranking Member McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) for their leadership in developing the Work-Life Balance Award Act (H.R. 4855).

Calling it a “common sense bill,” Gorman said the new measure compliments SHRM’s philosophy and approach to effective workplace flexibility public policy.H.R. 4855 creates a national award to recognize employers who have voluntarily developed and implemented successful programs that help their employees better balance work and personal life obligations.

“SHRM believes this type of bipartisan approach to developing legislation, with open dialogue and input from both employee and employer groups, results in fewer unintended consequences and better workplace public policy,” Gorman said in her testimony.

Gorman also urged Congress to consider other initiatives as H.R. 4855 moves forward, and said more can be done legislatively to encourage or incentivize organizations to offer flexible work options, including paid leave, rather than imposing government mandates.

“Based on both our experience and the experience of our 250,000 members, SHRM believes it’s time to give employees choices and to give employers more predictability when it comes to workplace flexibility public policy,” Gorman stated. “At SHRM, we are committed to leading a new dialogue on workplace flexibility, one that incorporates both employee and employer perspectives.”

SHRM has developed a set of principles to guide the development of a federal policy on workplace flexibility that would:

  • Encourage employers to offer uniform and coordinated paid leave;
  • Create administrative and compliance incentives for employers who meet the leave standard;
  • Provide certainty, predictability and accountability for employers and employees; and
  • Allow for different work environments, industries and organizational size.

To review SHRM’s Principles for a 21st Century Workplace Flexibility Policy, visit


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