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H.R. 3838: Honoring Family-Friendly Workplaces Act


The text of the bill below is as of Jul 18, 2019 (Introduced).


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116th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 3838

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

July 18, 2019

(for herself, Ms. Velázquez, Mrs. Napolitano, Mr. Serrano, Mr. Payne, Ms. Barragán, Mr. Carson of Indiana, Ms. Brownley of California, Mr. Hastings, Mr. Rush, Ms. Roybal-Allard, and Mr. Carbajal) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Education and Labor

A BILL

To direct the Secretary of Labor to recognize employers with a commitment to helping employees balance workplace responsibilities and family obligations.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Honoring Family-Friendly Workplaces Act.

2.

Definitions

In this Act:

(1)

Employee; employer

The terms employee and employer have the meanings given such terms in section 3 of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (29 U.S.C. 203).

(2)

Secretary

The term Secretary means the Secretary of Labor.

3.

Certification program established

(a)

In general

The Secretary shall establish a national certification program to award certifications to recognize employers that have a commitment to helping employees balance employment responsibilities and family obligations (referred to in this section as family-friendly certifications).

(b)

Criteria for certification

In order to be eligible to receive a family-friendly certification, an employer must carry out each of the following family-friendly employment policies and benefits:

(1)

Assistance paying for, or referring employees to, fertility or adoption services.

(2)

Paid family leave of not less than 12 weeks per year, including the option to use leave for any of the following reasons:

(A)

The birth of a son or daughter of the employee and in order to care for such son or daughter.

(B)

The placement of a son or daughter with the employee for adoption or foster care.

(C)

To address the employee's own serious health condition, including pregnancy or childbirth.

(D)

To address the serious health condition (as defined in section 101 of the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (29 U.S.C. 2611)) of a family member.

(E)

For specific military caregiving and leave.

(3)

Paid sick days for employees that are separate from time accrued as part of a paid time off policy.

(4)

A subsidy for child care or policies that allow parents to work alongside their infants in safe settings.

(5)

Policies that allow for flexible hours once a parent returns to work after a birth, adoption, or foster care placement.

(6)

If feasible, policies that allow employees to work remotely as needed for reasons related to the care of a child.

(7)

Lactation support, such as reimbursement of expressed breastmilk delivery while on travel, access to pumps, kits, and other lactation supplies and amenities, and access to lactation consultants and support.

(c)

Application

An employer who desires to receive a family-friendly certification from the Secretary under this section shall submit an application to the Secretary at such time, containing such information, and in such manner as the Secretary may require.

(d)

Award of certification

The Secretary shall review applications submitted under subparagraph (c) and award a family-friendly certification to an employer whose application demonstrates that the employer has met the requirements established under subsection (b) regarding family-friendly policies and benefits.

(e)

Authorization of appropriations

There are authorized to be appropriated to carry out this Act such sums as may be necessary.