Statement: SHRM Reacts to Challenge to Washington State Paid Sick Leave Law


February 9, 2018
ALEXANDRIA, Va. — In responding to news that a coalition of airlines has filed a lawsuit challenging Washington State’s new paid sick leave law, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) issued this statement:

A host of state and local paid sick leave laws — each with different requirements and guarantees — has created a burden on employers that is negatively affecting businesses and, in turn, their employees. 

The lawsuit illustrates the challenging environment faced by employers, especially those doing business in multiple states. The lawsuit also highlights the need for action on the federal level. 

After hearing from employers and HR professionals across the country, SHRM developed the basis for a federal standard for a paid leave and flexible work measure that has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. Introduced by Rep. Mimi Walters of California, the Workflex in the 21st Century Act (H.R. 4219) would benefit employers and employees alike by providing much-needed certainty over what is now a confusing mixture of state and local laws and by ensuring all employees receive paid leave and workflex options, regardless of where the worksite is located.

“The bill fits the changing nature of people’s work, their schedules and their needs,” said Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., president and chief executive officer of SHRM.

SHRM strongly encourages the White House and Congress to support H.R. 4219.

Media: To request an interview, contact Vanessa Hill of SHRM Media Relations at and 703-535-6072 or Kate Kennedy at and 703-535-6260.

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