San Francisco Supervisors back flexible work schedules

Employees who take care of children, parents or other family members should have the right to at least ask for a flexible work schedule, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously agreed Tuesday. The vote means that board President David Chiu’s legislation – which would require employers in San Francisco to consider workers’ requests for flexible hours, telecommuting, job-sharing or other changes to accommodate caregiving – will almost certainly become law. Initially, Chiu and family advocates had hoped to make the legislation a ballot measure, arguing that it would help spark a conversation and noting that men especially are reticent to ask for family-friendly accommodations because they are afraid of looking uncommitted to work.

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