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Restoring Dignity on the Job to Breastfeeding Mothers

February 24, 2011
By Galen Sherwin, Staff Attorney, ACLU Women's Rights Project Returning to work after having a new baby can pose real barriers for women who are breastfeeding. Consider the following real-life examples: When one employee returned from maternity leave, her employer criticized her for needing to...
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Number One Fan

February 22, 2011
When my grandchildren were younger, they were very involved in sports. And, of course, I was their number one fan. But their football games, wrestling matches and soccer scrimmages were often in the early afternoon, making it nearly impossible for someone working a typical job to attend. Lucky for me, I don’t work at a typical job. I was right there in the front row, cheering my grandchildren on.

Gaining a Competitive Edge in the Global Economy-- Using Flexibility with Hourly Workers and in Healthcare

February 22, 2011
Building on the momentum of last year's White House Forum on Workplace Flexibility , the Women's Bureau of the U.S. Department of Labor held a National Dialogue on Workplace Flexibility in Pasadena, CA on Thursday, February 17 focusing on the unique challenges and solutions of using flexibility...

DOL Conference Points to Changes Coming to Work-Family

February 22, 2011
Last week I attended the Department of Labor’s conference to spark a National Dialogue on Workplace Flexibility, run by the Women’s Bureau and Department of Labor in California. The goal of this conference was to have a business-to-business discussion on workplace flexibility. Over 400 business,...

Helping the “Dagwood Sandwich” Generation

February 9, 2011
We often hear the term “sandwich generation.” This is a label coined by the media to describe adults caring for both their children and their elderly parents. They are in effect, sandwiched between two generations of their family. Within this group is a subset I like to call the Dagwood Sandwich Generation. Some of us are members of families that generally have children early in life rather than later. I’m a Dagwood. As a Dagwood, I have been very fortunate to have found employment with a forward-thinking company that provides flexible working arrangements for its associates. I have been the beneficiary of some type of flexible working structure since 1995. Johnson Storage & Moving’s custom-fit policies have benefited five generations of my family!

On the FMLA Anniversary, Let’s Focus on the Unmet Needs of Working Families

February 5, 2011
Cross-posted at the National Partnership for Women & Families . 18 years. That’s how long the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) has been in place. It was the first bill President Clinton signed into law and it remains one of the proudest accomplishments of his presidency. The FMLA is...

It's Because We Are Asking, Listening and Acting: Creating Workplaces for the 21st Century

February 3, 2011
At a press conference on February 1, 2011 at the National Press Club announcing an unprecedented partnership between Families and Work Institute (FWI) and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) to create workplaces for the 21st century, Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of...

Real Family Values

February 2, 2011
By Portia Wu, vice president of the National Partnership for Women & Families , and Megan Renner, executive director of the United States Breastfeeding Committee . Every year roughly four million women give birth in the United States, and most of them (more than three-quarters) start out...

The Career Mystique: An Interview with family scholar Stephanie Coontz Dads and Balance

January 26, 2011
As mothers, we talk a lot about balance. It’s an elusive concept—that sort of stands for being tired and overwhelmed. But even that conversation is highly unbalanced. It’s not a full discussion, because we don’t talk about balance for fathers nearly as much. Don’t both parents deserve to find a...
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Sandwich Generation in a Pickle?

January 25, 2011
Re-posted from Working Mother Magazine While all working women would benefit from access to paid sick leave, the latest data from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) shows that 44 million workers in the U.S. did not have access to a single paid sick day during 2010. A growing segment...
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