Effective January 1, 2014, new laws went into effect in the state of Vermont and city of San Francisco, California, allowing employees to have input into their own work schedule. The Flexible Work Arrangement (FWA) will give certain workers much more freedom in creating their working environment.
While the laws vary somewhat between Vermont and San Francisco, some common features include the ability to choose how many days and hours an employee will work a week, if they will work from home, and what their start and end times for the work day will be -- so long as their employer agrees.
In Vermont, an FWA request must be approved by an employer and deemed in compliance with the employer's business and legal obligations. In San Francisco, employees must submit their request in writing and the employer must meet with the employee within 21 days. The employer has the right to refuse the request for business reasons.
Depending on how successful the new laws are in Vermont and San Francisco, the FWA may be a new trend sweeping the rest of the nation's workforce soon. Learn more about the FWA in PayState Update, Issue 24, Vol. 15.