A newly introduced House bill would let employers opt out of complying with state and local leave laws if they offered a single paid leave benefit and a flexible work option to employees, according to sponsor Mimi Walters, R-CA, one of its sponsors.

HRDive reports that the new program would base paid-time-off (PTO) requirements on the size of an employer's workforce, employees' tenure and hours worked. The leave would have to be available to all employees — albeit on a reduced basis for part-time workers — after their first 90 days, according to the Society for Human Resource Management, which helped design the program.

Employees could accrue leave over the course of a plan year or employers could offer the full amount at the start of the plan year, according to the organization. The flexible-work option could include a compressed work schedule, a biweekly work program, a telecommuting program, a job-sharing program, flexible scheduling or a predictable schedule. The option would only need to be available to those who had worked for the employer for at least year and had worked at least 1,000 hours in the past 12 months.

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