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San Francisco legislation for flexible family work schedules is back in play

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As promised, Board of Supervisors President David Chiu has not given up on his effort to enact a flexible work schedule law, even after abandoning in July his initial plan to place it on the November ballot.

Chiu's legislation is before the board's Land Use and Economic Development Committee Monday. It would require owners of businesses with 20 or more employees to establish a process for handling requests for flexible work schedules from workers who are parents, or caregivers of spouses or elderly parents. Requests could be denied, in writing, for "good faith" business reasons, such as cases where it would increase a company's costs.

When initially proposed, there was a strong backlash from the business community. But since then, Chiu has amended the legislation to address the criticism. Business leaders also had opposed placing the measure on the ballot, which they said would create anti-business sentiment.

With six co-sponsors on the board, the legislation is seemingly headed toward approval.