At 1MFWF, we always want to highlight work that’s happening around the country and across the globe pertaining to work flexibility. While our own blog features regular contributions from experts on this topic, we also keep an eye out for great articles elsewhere on the web. Here are some recent items not to miss.

Fight over paid leave heating up in Congress
Lydia Wheeler, The Hill, Nov. 12
New proposed legislation would create a voluntary program to guarantee full- and part-time workers minimum levels of paid leave, and at least one flexible work option. The proposal is sponsored by Republican Reps. Mimi Walters (Calif.), Elise Stefanik (N.Y.) and Cathy McMorris Rodgers (Wash.), and has sparked interest as well as concern from Democrats. Opponents, including the National Partnership for Women & Families, say the legislation would stymie state and local sick-leave laws, and give employers too much leeway to deny paid leave at their discretion. Meanwhile, White House adviser Ivanka Trump is backing a separate plan that would require states to provide new parents six weeks of paid leave, tied to unemployment benefits. Read more: Fight over paid leave heating up in Congress.

Study: Millennial men are advocating for women in the workplace
Aubree Poole, Washington Examiner, Nov. 9
According to a new study by Boston Consulting Group, millennial male workers strongly favor work flexibility and other options that could help professional women break the “glass ceiling” in the workplace. The study found that men younger than age 40 differ starkly from their older male counterparts on issues like flexible schedules that accommodate working women (and men), and bias reduction training that encourages gender diversity and parity in the workplace. Younger men are also more likely to support child care programs and a 50-50 division of labor with their partners on the homefront.The study was based on research collected from more than 175,000 people working at companies worldwide. Read more: Study: Millennial men are advocating for women in the workplace.

PepsiCo boss Robbert Rietbroek: Why workplace flexibility should be the new normal
Gillian McNally, News.com.au, Nov. 8
As part of a push to encourage a flexible and family-friendly workplace, Robbert Rietbroek, CEO of PepsiCo Australia & New Zealand, has been encouraging policies designed to help employees enjoy healthier work-life integration. Those policies include a “leave loudly” initiative for managers that sends a message that it’s OK to go home for family or personal reasons. In interview remarks, Rietbroek says he’s been inspired by working female leaders at PepsiCo and other companies where he was previously employed. A father of two, Rietbroek said that more flexible workplace policies will have a positive impact on business operations across industries, and will improve quality of life for workers as well. Read more: PepsiCo boss Robbert Rietbroek: Why workplace flexibility should be the new normal.

Why Flexibility is the Best Perk Your Company Isn’t Considering
Manon DeFelice, Forbes.com, Nov. 6
While startups are leading the way in offering a range of perks, many are lagging behind when it comes to the providing work flexibility, one of the most sought-after work-related perks. It’s a move these companies should re-consider, says CEO Manon DeFelice, given that flexibility like working part-time or remotely are a major draw for top-tier candidates, and a way to keep retain existing employees and keep them happy. DeFelice outlines how flexible work options can be beneficial companywide, and offers practical advice that employers may want to consider to stay competitive in the job marketplace and keep workers (women in particular) satisfied and productive. Read more: Why Flexibility is the Best Perk Your Company Isn’t Considering.

Why Companies Should Follow This 105-Year-Old Company’s Approach to Flexibility and Parental Leave
Georgene Huang, Forbes.com, Nov. 6
1MFWF supporter Georgene Huang takes a look at Liberty Mutual’s recent move to expand and enhance its policies governing parental leave, short-term disability, and bereavement leave. While flexibility might seem like modern fad, venerable insurance services company Liberty Mutual is eager to be an “employer of choice” through offering flexible options that enhance work-life balance for new parents; employees on leave because of the death of a family member or loved one; and workers on short-term disability because of injuries, illness, or other issues. Read more: Why Companies Should Follow This 105-Year-Old Company’s Approach to Flexibility and Parental Leave.

How Will the Growing Popularity of Telecommuting Impact Public Transit?
Mike Maciag, Govtech.com, Nov. 1
While it’s been true for some time that as many as 76 percent of people commute alone to work, according to Census figures, there appears to be a big shift underway, thanks to telecommuting. Data from 2016 show the biggest year-over-year increase of telecommuters, bringing the total to five percent of the U.S. workforce. The percentage is significantly higher in some areas, with Boulder, Colorado; Medford, Oregon; and Austin-Round Rock, Texas leading the way. While many of these home-based workers are employed by outside organizations, many others are self-employed, the article notes. What does this all mean for public transit? Many more cars off the road, especially at peak commuting hours. A potential downside is that non-work related travel may actually be on the rise for single-worker households. Read more: How Will the Growing Popularity of Telecommuting Impact Public Transit?

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