ASBC Statement Criticizing New Federal Paid Leave Bill

Media Release

Washington, DC – In response to the paid leave proposal, the Workflex in the 21st Century Act, introduced in the U.S. Congress today by U.S. Rep. Mimi Walters (R-CA), the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) released the following statement, which may be attributed to David Levine, President, CEO and Co-founder:

“This is a sham that lowers standards and shields employers from needing to follow existing — and future — state and local paid leave requirements, many of which provide stronger benefits than what the bill proposes.

“Our public policies should encourage business practices that support employees. Such high-road employment practices are good for society. They put more money into local economies, reduce worker reliance on the taxpayer-funded safety net and improve the wellbeing of families.

“Instead, this bill provides a safety net for bad actors. We cannot support federal legislation that undermines existing laws that support high-road employment practices.

“If Congress gets serious about setting a federal standard for paid leave, it will consider approaches like the FAMILY Act (Family And Medical Insurance Leave Act, S. 337/H.R. 947), sponsored by Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY). It would establish a national program to help new parents and people with serious health issues through a shared fund that makes paid leave affordable for employers of all sizes and for workers and their families.”

ASBC recently published a report, The High-road Workplace: Route to a Sustainable Economy, which describes many high-road employment practices and public policies that would encourage their adoption by more businesses.

The American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) is the leading business organization serving the public policy interests of responsible companies, their customers and other stakeholders. Founded in 2009, ASBC’s membership represents over 250,000 businesses in a wide range of industries. ASBC advocates for policy change and informs business owners, policymakers and the public about the need and opportunities for building a vibrant, broadly prosperous, sustainable economy.