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There are 50 million parents in today’s workforce and more dual-earner households, single parent homes and female breadwinners in 2018 than ever before.
Despite this, a recent survey from Ovia Health featured in NBGH’s recently released Parent Package found that only 65 percent of women working at companies with 1,000 or more employees feel supported in balancing their work and family lives.
This week marks the 25th anniversary of the Family & Medical Leave Act, a landmark law that has granted many eligible employees unpaid, job-protected leave to care for loved ones.
We can’t always predict a natural disaster and the damage it will cause, but we can take steps to be prepared and extend assistance and support to those affected.
The experience of the American family has changed drastically. Today, there are more dual-earner households, single parents and female breadwinners than ever before. By the same token, demographic shifts and technology breakthroughs have transformed the nature of work. It’s not surprising that work-life struggles are common.
It is, however, time to rethink what we know about work and family. As we recognize National Work and Family Month, let’s reflect on some of today’s work-life secrets and what you can do to stay ahead of the curve.
In our modern world, flexibility is the freedom to thrive in and out of the office, and it’s what women want. Today’s top talent is attracted to forward-thinking, flexible, and family-friendly workplaces.
After decades of growth, women’s participation in the U.S. workforce has been declining. In 1990, the United States had the sixth highest female workforce participation rate of 24 OECD economies. By 2014, it dropped to 22nd.1 Research indicates the lack of family-friendly policies accounted for approximately 28% of the relative decline.2
A number of cities and states have enacted laws requiring employers to offer paid sick leave to employees. Each state and local government law varies, increasing administrative burden and causing compliance headaches for large multi-state employers, many of which already provide generous paid leave programs for employees. More states and cities are considering legislation in 2017 to mandate paid sick leave.
In response to President Obama’s 2015 State of the Union Address and subsequent urging by the U.S. Department of Labor, state and local governments across the country have enacted paid leave mandates requiring employers to provide paid sick and parental/family leave.
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