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Businesses Urge Congress to Reject Badly Designed Comp Time Bill Citing Potential for Abuse by Employers

For Immediate Release: 
April 26, 2017
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Bob Keener
ASBC
617-610-6766

WASHINGTON, DC (April 26, 2017)—The American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC), which with its member organizations represents more than 250,000 businesses, urges Congress to oppose the Working Families Flexibility Act (HR 1180/ S.801) saying it is poorly designed, permits much potential abuse by employers, and places a major liability on business balance sheets. The bill is scheduled for markup today.

The following statement may be attributed to David Levine, CEO of ASBC:

“More and more businesses realize that providing work-life benefits to their employees is good for the bottom line. However, the misleadingly named Working Families Flexibility Act is badly designed, with too much potential for abuse by employers. We urge Congress to oppose this bill that would harm the economy overall and create an administrative headache for businesses.”

This month, ASBC sent a letter to the U.S. House  Education and Workforce Committee expressing its concern about the bill.  The letter said, in part:

“It is important that more supporting measures are taken to ensure the success of small business. In the spirit of pursuing pro-business legislation, the Working Families Flexibility Act proves itself to be all but flexible for employees and even more binding for employers. The sheer volume of tracking requirements has the potential to result in improper penalties assessed by various government agencies.

“In addition, this bill would create problems for any employer who must track banked hours across multiple employees and make the required organizational rearrangements. These factors could put business owners in the position of making uncomfortable decisions regarding their employees which could, in turn, lower the morale of their workforce.”

The full letter may be found here:
http://asbcouncil.org/sites/default/files/oppose_working_families_flexibility_act.pdf

ASBC is working to spread employee-focused workplace practices to more U.S. companies. Its “High Road Workplace Project: Policy Solutions for a Sustainable Economy," brings together the public and private sectors to expand incentives that will accelerate adoption of business practices maximizing employee productivity. Based on a set of 10 far-reaching principles, high-road business practices include providing family-friendly benefits, paying a living and fair wage, and governing the business fairly and transparently.

More information about the High Road Workplace Project may be found here: http://asbcouncil.org/action-center/campaigns/principles-high-road-employers .

The American Sustainable Business Council advocates for policy change and informs business owners and the public about the need and opportunities for building a vibrant, sustainable economy. Through its national member network, it represents more than 250,000 business owners, executives and investors from a wide range of industries. www.asbcouncil.org