2016 Presidential Nominees: Stance on Work Flexibility

As the 2016 presidential election race progresses, 1 Million for Work Flexibility is keeping tabs on where the candidates stand on issues related to work flexibility. Please keep an eye on this page for regular updates about each candidate’s position.

We think work flexibility should be out front in the campaign and on the forefront of everyone’s mind, but details are scant to date. Please contact us at info at workflexibility.org if you have information to help us fill in the gaps!


Hillary Clintondonkey w/ Tim Kaine                                elephant   Donald Trump w/ Mike Pence

Democratic Ticket

Photo: United States Department of State, via Wikimedia Commons

 Hillary Clinton (Presidential Nominee)

Relevant Voting Record
2007: As Senator (NY-D), co-sponsored the Working Families Flexibility Act of 2007.
Learn more about this Act below.

“Let’s encourage employers to adopt family-friendly work policies, like flexible and fair scheduling and tele-work, so parents can both work and be there for their families.”
Fortune, September 29 2016

“Parents need more support and flexibility to do their job at work and at home.”
Campaign Launch, June 13 2015

“We need to raise wages for the lowest paid jobs in America and implement workplace policies like paid leave and flexible scheduling for parents.”
Greenville Online, June 6 2015

“If we give parents the flexibility on the job and paid family leave it actually helps productivity, which in turn helps all of us”
Conference on women’s issues in Japan, Sept. 2014

In Action
“USA TODAY contacted a dozen former female employees of Clinton, many lower-level staff listed on a 15-year-old government expenditure report from her Senate office… Clinton was almost always accommodating for women whom she considered talented. Even now, some of the nation’s highest-profile female executives, like Yahoo chief executive Marissa Mayer, reject the flexible work schedules that Clinton allowed 20 years ago.”
USA TODAY, July 25 2016

“As a boss, she’s always made family flexibility a reality for her staff. Most importantly, while she’s advocated for policies like workplace flexibility for two decades, she’s practiced what she preaches.”
Neera Tanden, Politico, Feb 18 2016.

“During her January town hall meeting at Main State, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said the Department has a variety of programs to support working women and help employees balance their work and home lives.”
State Magazine April 2012, highlighting telework, job-sharing, and alternative schedules within the State Department.

Photo: Official 113th Congress photo portrait

Tim Kaine (Vice Presidential Nominee)

“I was driving with [my wife] Anne one day with [our] kids and I remember thinking, ‘Geez, what if I win and then I run for governor and win? This is nine years now that I’m laying out, and at the end of nine years Nat’s going to be in college. Woody will be a year away from college. Annella will be in high school. I’ve already missed an awful lot of time with them.'” Anne reassured him, “Don’t assume that you can’t be a good dad and be in politics at the same time.” “That was probably the best piece of advice,” Kaine said.
Virginian Pilot 2005

In Action
“On June 10, 2009, Virginia Governor Timothy Kaine issued an Executive Order to “green” Virginia–calling for reductions in energy consumption and efficiency in state government operations as well as a statewide Telework Day to save the energy of commuting.”
Mobile Work Exchange, August 2009

Campaign Announcements

The Clinton-Kaine Transition Project announces Neera Tanden as Co-Chair (read about her support for work flexibility in the Huffington Post) and Heather Boushey as Chief Economist (read about her support for work flexibility in our interview). –HillaryClinton.com, August 16 2016

Republican Ticket

Photo: Gage Skidmore

Donald Trump (Presidential Nominee)

“.@MarissaMayer is right to expect Yahoo employees to come to the workplace vs. working at home. She is doing a great job!”
Twitter, Feb 15 2013

“There’s a lot of women out there that demand that the husband act like the wife and you know there’s a lot of husbands that listen to that… I’m really like a great father but certain things you do and certain things you don’t. It’s just not for me.”
–On changing diapers, Opie and Anthony show, November 2005

“I think that putting a wife to work is a very dangerous thing… If you’re in business for yourself, I really think it’s a bad idea to put your wife working for you. I think it’s a really bad idea. I think that was the single greatest cause of what happened to my marriage with Ivana.”
Interview with ABC News, 1994

“My own mother was a housewife all her life. And yet it’s turned out that I’ve hired a lot of women for top jobs, and they’ve been among my best people. Often, in fact, they are more effective than the men around them.”
The Art of the Deal, 1987

In Action
“At my father’s company, there are more female than male executives. Women are paid equally for the work that we do and when a woman becomes a mother, she is supported, not shut out… My father will change the labor laws that were put into place at a time when women were not a significant portion of the workforce… Policies that allow women with children to thrive should not be novelties; they should be the norm.”
–Ivanka Trump, RNC speech, July 2016

Photo: Gage Skidmore

Mike Pence (Vice Presidential Nominee)

“For years, we have gotten the message from the mouthpieces of the popular culture that you can have it all, career, kids and a two-car garage. The numbers in this federally funded study argue that the converse is true. Sure, you can have it all, but your day-care kids get the short end of the emotional stick. So am I condemning anyone who has chosen the day-care route? Absolutely not. I am criticizing a culture that has sold the big lie that ‘Mom doesn’t matter.’ These statistics should ignite a national debate about the family and precisely who should be raising the next generation of Americans. We should seriously rethink the tax code that makes it less and less possible for one parent to stay home with the kids and replace it with a family-friendly system of tax collection.”
Op-ed in the Indianapolis Star 1997 in response to an article about the results of a study by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development on the effects of day-care on children.”

In Action
“The state of Indiana is committed to researching and providing flexible work options to employees. The state of Indiana currently offers Alternative Work Schedules (AWS), Community Service Leave, and Parental Absence for Child’s Education.”
Indiana State Personnel Department, current

[Last updated: September 30, 2016]