Although the creation of a national paid sick leave policy has in some ways been spearheaded by the President’s daughter Ivanka, it was three republican members of Congress who got the ball rolling this week with the official filing of the Workflex in the 21st Century Act.  Officially filed by California republican Congresswomen Mimi Walters, with Reps Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and Elise Stefanik (R-NY) co-sponsoring, H.R. 4219 is a blend of mandated minimum paid leave and increased work flexibility mandates. Paid leave would be available to all full- and part-time employees funded by the employer, but scaled to the size of an employer’s workforce. Eligibility for participating in the Workflex arrangement would be established when an employee has been employed by the company for a minimum of 12 months and has worked at least 1,000 hours during the previous 12 months. If passed, the bill would preempt state and local laws in the 8 states and 30 municipalities that have passed their own paid leave laws. Notwithstanding past supportive comments on a national paid leave policy, the White House has not taken a formal position on HR 4219.