Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the senior Republican on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, today introduced a proposal to provide more workplace flexibility for working parents. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid objected when Alexander and other Republican senators attempted to offer their proposals as amendments.
Alexander said: "This amendment is about giving working parents more flexibility so they can go to soccer games and piano recitals. It makes it clear that if you run a dry cleaner with three people in it, you don't have to go hire a lawyer to define a job for an employee with a child in such a way that the employee can go to the piano recital or soccer game. Instead of being about more litigation, it is about giving more flexibility for working parents."
He added: "Our fear is that this proposal, which is called 'Paycheck Fairness,' would actually limit the flexibility of employers to give to working parents more flexibility to go to their children's activities."