Are N.H.'s Workplaces Family-Friendly Enough?
A new national report finds New Hampshire and plenty of other states sorely lacking when it comes to supporting new parents. This comes amid a larger, national conversation about “family-friendly” work environments: what that involves, what’s reasonable and what isn’t, and how some of these policies affect productivity and the bottom line.
- David Juvet– senior vice president of public policy at N.H. Business and Industry Association (NHBIA)
- Matt Mowry- editor at Business NH Magazine
- Kristin Smith– family demographer at the Carsey Institute and research assistant professor of sociology at the University of New Hampshire
- A new report gives New Hampshire a "D" for workplace policies for new parents: "The United States cannot wait any longer for public policies that honor new parents and their children. Paid leave policies, more substantial access to unpaid family and medical leave, paid sick days, pregnancy accommodation laws and other family friendly policies yield benefits for workers, families, employers, communities and the economy."
- Matt Mowry's cover story about early childhood education and N.H. businesses: "Early childhood education advocates are making the case to businesses that childcare is a critical workforce issue akin to health insurance and retirement savings when it comes to worker productivity and satisfaction."
- Obama spoke at the Working Families Summit last week: