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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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Let's answer this call!

January 21, 2011
Bravo, Surgeon General Regina Benjamin! Yesterday, the nation’s top doctor had the courage to say simply and starkly that mothers who breastfeed their babies need more support. In the “ Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding ,” the Surgeon General challenged all sectors of our society to support...
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Only Human: 7 Keys to survival when your work life is rocked by illness

January 13, 2011
I'm only human despite being a self-proclaimed work life pundit. Fess-up time. My life has been less about the work life merge, and more about life and survival lately.

Memo to Accounting Firms: "Pull Back the Curtain"

January 10, 2011
Kyra Cavanaugh, president of Life Meets Work , responds to Flex Time Flourishes in the Accounting Industry , published January 7, 2011 in the New York Times. She challenges the piece which seems to hold forth the notion that major accounting firms have mastered work/life issues, and the idea that...
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Give the Gift of a Custom-Fit Workplace

December 23, 2010
This holiday season as we think of peace on earth and good will towards all, I'm thinking of how to translate this sentiment into a culture of good workplaces all year long. My New Year's resolution is to help spark a new workplace norm: "Everyone deserves a job that fits," and the corollary, "Any...
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Work on a Wire in Illinois

December 21, 2010
Twenty-seven states support telework through legislation that encourages tax incentives, expansion of broadband coverage, or use by state employees. Illinois does not. On December 7, 2010, we held a summit in Chicago. Business, public sector, and government leaders gathered to discuss the role of...
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