By Ellis S.B. No. 828
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
1-1 AN ACT
1-2 relating to the policies of state agencies regarding work and
1-3 family issues.
1-4 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
1-5 SECTION 1. Section 81.002(b), Labor Code, is amended to read
1-6 as follows:
1-7 (b) The executive director [
administrator] of the commission
1-8 shall appoint the members of the committee, to be composed of not
1-9 more than 12 members. The committee must be composed of corporate,
1-10 consumer, and provider representatives from the public and private
1-11 sectors. One member of the committee must be a representative of
1-12 the Child Care Development Board and two members of the committee
1-13 must be representatives of other state agencies.
1-14 SECTION 2. Chapter 81, Labor Code, is amended by adding
1-15 Section 81.009 to read as follows:
1-16 Sec. 81.009. WORK-FAMILY FACILITATOR. (a) The
1-17 clearinghouse shall employ a work-family facilitator who shall be
1-18 responsible for assisting state agencies in developing work
1-19 policies that assist agency employees in meeting their
1-20 responsibilities to their work and to their families.
1-21 (b) The facilitator shall report periodically to the
1-22 legislature on the progress made by state agencies on work and
1-23 family issues.
1-24 (c) The work-family facilitator position and the costs of
2-1 performing the facilitator's duties shall be funded by annually
2-2 assessing each state agency, other than an institution of higher
2-3 education, 75 cents for each full-time equivalent employee employed
2-4 by that agency. Funds collected under this subsection shall be
2-5 deposited in the work and family policies fund and may be spent
2-6 only as provided by this subsection.
2-7 (d) For purposes of this section, "full-time equivalent
2-8 employee" is determined as provided by Section 2052.102, Government
2-10 SECTION 3. Chapter 81, Labor Code, is amended by adding
2-11 Section 81.010 to read as follows:
2-12 Sec. 81.010. REPORT TO LEGISLATURE ON STATE AGENCY FAMILY
2-13 POLICIES. (a) The clearinghouse shall report to the legislature
2-14 not later than January 15, 1999, on the progress made by state
2-15 agencies in creating a flexible, family-friendly workplace for
2-16 state employees.
2-17 (b) This section expires January 1, 2000.
2-18 SECTION 4. (a) This Act takes effect September 1, 1997.
2-19 (b) The Work and Family Policies Clearinghouse shall appoint
2-20 a work-family facilitator not later than January 1, 1998.
2-21 (c) The Texas Workforce Commission shall adopt rules
2-22 providing for the assessment and collection of the fee authorized
2-23 by Section 81.009, Labor Code, as added by this Act not later than
2-24 December 1, 1997.
2-25 SECTION 5. The importance of this legislation and the
2-26 crowded condition of the calendars in both houses create an
2-27 emergency and an imperative public necessity that the
3-1 constitutional rule requiring bills to be read on three several
3-2 days in each house be suspended, and this rule is hereby suspended.