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The Opting Out Myth

October 1, 2009
From Your (Wo)manInWashington blog The US Senate decreed in 2003 that October be designated Work and Family Month . This year's observance started off with a BANG this morning with the Washington Post announcing on its front page that the "opt out revolution", i.e. working women leaving the board...
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How do smart employers make work “work” in a down economy?

August 14, 2009
Smart employers are using flexible work options to manage through the recession—and help their employees manage. The organization I head, the Families and Work Institute , highlights 260 award-winning employers across the US using innovative approaches and practices including: • Giving employees...

Jack Welch: "No Such Thing As Work-Life Balance"

July 14, 2009
Former General Electric Co. Chief Executive Jack Welch gave a bummer of a speech to the Society for Human Resource Management's annual conference on June 28. In it, he had some harsh words for women, ahem, mothers: "'There's no such thing as work-life balance,' Mr. Welch [said]. 'There are work-...
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Michelle Obama on Work-Life Balance

May 12, 2009
Cross-posted at MotherTalkers . Glad to see we have a first lady focused on the plight of working families. In a recent speech before corporate executives, Michelle Obama addressed the internal conflict faced by many working parents trying to have it all -- or simply make ends meet -- and why...
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Home visiting programs reduce child abuse in difficult times

April 28, 2009
Ruth Schubert, Children's Alliance The stress of a newborn baby can be difficult for any family. Poverty, youth, depression or isolation can make that stress overwhelming.

Working Smart vs. Working Stupid

March 22, 2009
Yesterday the Washington Post inappropriately fed the insecurities of American workers with the headline, "As Cuts Loom, Will Working From Home Lead to a Layoff?" My response "Only if we are committed to a work model inspired by the 1950s and ‘working stupid’ by rigidly adhering to old work models...
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Army Mom Shows Up for Duty with Kids -- A Stunt or Act of Necessity?

March 4, 2009
Lisa Pagan, a former active duty member of the Army and mother of two toddlers, was called up from the "ready reserves" to report for duty this week for possible deployment to Iraq. She told the Army that she had no one to care for her small children if she was sent overseas because of her husband's travel work schedule.
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Equal Opportunity In Employment Commission

February 3, 2009
The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 (named after the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. employee who sued too late for equal pay) was signed into law on January 29, 2009. It allows employees to challenge pay discrimination by filing a claim within 180 days of discriminatory conduct (payment of discriminatory wages, with each paycheck treated as
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