Bipartisan Bill Promotes Workforce Flexibility, Inclusivity

Today the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) sent a letter to Representatives Henry Cuellar (D-TX) and Elise Stefanik (R-NY) in support of the Workforce Freedom to Choose Act, historic legislation they introduced today that would help modernize workforce policies to meet the needs of today’s workers and employers.

“Flexibility has long been a hallmark of the retail industry, fostering a workforce that is diverse, innovative, and skilled. But today’s historically tight labor market means retailers must think creatively to attract and retain top talent that strive for independence,” said RILA Vice President of Workforce Evan Armstrong. “We’re grateful for Representatives Cuellar and Stefanik for their bipartisan commitment to establishing modern policy that meets the needs of today’s workforce, and we encourage other Members to support this effort as well.”

The letter writes:

“This bill will provide the autonomy that empowers individuals with varying needs and demands to build their work around their lives and not the other way around.

“The innovative approach in the WFCA will offer more avenues to work, earn and access benefits by providing certainty to those who wish to work independently. For retailers competing in a dynamic and historically competitive talent market, creative solutions like this are needed to compete for individuals who seek all types of work arrangements. This legislation is for all workers who strive for independence in their work life.

To build a 21st Century Retail Workforce, we need collaboration between the retail industry as well as policymakers and this effort is an excellent step forward.”

The full letter here.

RILA is the US trade association for leading retailers. We convene decision-makers, advocate for the industry, and promote operational excellence and innovation. Our aim is to elevate a dynamic industry by transforming the environment in which retailers operate.

RILA members include more than 200 retailers, product manufacturers, and service suppliers, which together account for more than $1.5 trillion in annual sales, millions of American jobs, and more than 100,000 stores, manufacturing facilities, and distribution centers domestically and abroad.
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