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Open Flexible Work reports on the benefits of treating employees better

September 6, 2011
Labor Day marks the one year anniversary of the publication of The Custom-Fit Workplace . I regret to report that we have not transformed modern work culture...yet! The good news, this Labor Day, is that , a leading online resource for small business, featured a detailed article...
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Is Work-Life Balance An Economic Necessity?

September 2, 2011
Cross-posted from New Deal 2.0 . In the debate over work-life balance, there's one argument we can't seem to move past: Women have made a choice to have kids. Now they have to live with their decision and all of its consequences. But this argument rests on an underlying assumption that, when...
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Bloomberg Case: Open Season to Discriminate Against Mothers?

August 23, 2011
Cross-posted from New Deal 2.0 . When Sekiko Garrison told former boss Michael Bloomberg she was pregnant, his answer was simple: "Kill it." Allowing mothers flexible work arrangements, he commented, was like allowing a man time off to practice his golf swing. The CEO who took over when Bloomberg...
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Putting the Bed Rest Brakes on Your Career

August 19, 2011
When my husband and I started talking about having kids, I tossed and turned over the implications it would have on my career. I’m just starting to get into a groove of “up and to the right” in my field and since I’m part of a pretty tight team at my job each one of us depends on the others to...

Want to Breastfeed Your Baby? You're Fired!

August 16, 2011
By Galen Sherwin, ACLU Women's Rights Project, and Rebecca T. Wallace, ACLU of Colorado Imagine you've recently come back to work after maternity leave and you're using every last minute of your break time to pump breast milk to feed your baby at home. You just need a little help from your employer...
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The Good, the Bad and the Hope for Breastfeeding Rights

August 3, 2011
Roughly four million women give birth in the United States every year – and most choose to breastfeed (74 percent). After all, the nutritional value of breast milk is well documented. Numerous studies show that breastfeeding protects mothers and children from a range of acute and chronic health...

Celebrate World Breastfeeding Week! A MomsRising blog-a-thon

August 3, 2011
Breastfeeding is the most natural thing in the world. But that doesn't always mean that it's easy or that there's no learning curve. Many mothers need a lot of support from friends, family and employers to start and continue breastfeeding exclusively for at least 6 months as recommended by the...
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Breastfeeding – Making It Work

August 3, 2011
My son was born last year. Luckily, we had no trouble with the big latch on. I savored every moment of bonding with him as he nursed. Three months after his birth, I returned to work. And then the trouble began. I grudgingly adopted my Medela Pump in Style. But the little one didn’t want anything...
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Celebrating World Breastfeeding Week: A Time to Engage Employers in the Breastfeeding Dialogue

August 3, 2011
As we celebrate World Breastfeeding Week, 170 countries will be taking part in activities to raise awareness about the benefits of breastfeeding to maternal and infant health around the world. This year’s theme is “ Talk to Me! Breastfeeding—a 3 D Experience ,” and focuses on using communication to...

Four Steps for Smart Scheduling

July 25, 2011
Last Monday, unions and employers came together to make work-life balance a reality for hourly workers. The common assumption is that workplace flexibility is impractical for hourly workers. Not so: On Monday, models emerged to offer workplace flexibility in three contexts where it might seem...
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