A patchwork of state and federal laws leave employers confused about whether to adhere to multiple requirements or provide the most generous provisions among the laws across all their workforces. (Photo: Shutterstock)

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.

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