Thanks to Del. VanValkenburg for standing up for state employees.

The policy unilaterally takes away our agencies’ ability to offer flexible schedules to their employees — even when an employee has been teleworking since before the COVID-19 pandemic. It also takes away the discretion of agency leadership to manage the particular needs of their teams…While the commonwealth frequently cannot compete with private-sector salaries, we can and do offer great health benefits, a retirement plan and, until recently, workplace flexibility. Virginia needs a top-tier workforce for our government to function effectively, and we cannot afford to lose talented state employees.

via Rodney Willett and Schuyler VanValkenburg column: State policy must offer flexibility to retain workforce