SHRM’s COO Tells Congress “We Need To Adopt a Different Approach” to Federally-mandated Workplace Leave Policies
In oral testimony yesterday before the House Subcommittee on Workplace Protections, SHRM Chief Operating Officer China Gorman stated, “We need to adopt a different approach to all leave policies – an approach that reflects the needs of today’s more mobile, diverse and flexible 21st Century workforce.”
SHRM COO China Gorman (center) at hearing on workplace leave policy
During the hearing, the subcommittee also heard testimony from Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), the sponsor of the Healthy Families Act, a bill that would require employers with 15 or more employees to provide up to 56 hour of paid sick to all employees.
Gorman noted that SHRM’s “members are constantly looking for ways to design workplace policies that improve employee morale and retention – two essential elements in developing and maintaining a productive workforce. Our members know that offering a solid benefits program makes it easier for organizations to attract and retain great employees.”
SHRM is advocating an alternative to the Healthy Families Act. Under the SHRM proposal, employers that offer a certain amount of paid leave voluntarily would be deemed to have met all federal, state and local paid leave requirements. We believe this approach will lead to more voluntary paid leave options for employees and more predictability for employers.
To access a copy of SHRM’s written testimony or to access copies of other testimony presented, click HERE and follow the links at the bottom of the Subcommittee’s webpage.