PUBLIC SQUARE: Family Friendly Workplaces

Around 64 percent of mothers with children under age six work, according to federal statistics. In 40 percent of households with children, women are now the sole or primary breadwinners. Yet many employers haven’t shifted policies to reflect those changes and the United States is the only developed country without paid maternity or parental leave for workers.

Studies have found that policies like maternity and paternity leave, lactation programs, childcare and eldercare, and flexible scheduling have positive impacts on the health and economic stability of employees and families. Such policies also correspond with increased sales and higher productivity, reduced absenteeism and turnover, and lower health-related expenses.

In this month’s Public Square, we talk about family-friendly workplace policies with employers and employees, policy experts and advocates. Community leaders include Giovanna Rossi of Collective Action Strategies, Danny Jarrett, a labor law attorney who serves on the board of the Association of Commerce and Industry, and Santa Fe City Councilor Carmichael Dominguez.

Funding for PUBLIC SQUARE is provided in part by American Graduate and a new, 2-year grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

Learn more on the PUBLIC SQUARE website.

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