Recent podcast featured on The WorkLifeHUB, discussing issues related to working parents who have children with autism spectrum disorders, ADD/ADHD, learning disabilities, and mental health issues. Among other topics, we discussed obstacles in the workplace regarding disclosure, policy changes, and how companies can support these complex needs. Excerpt from our discussion and the actual podcast are posted at above link and also at: http://www.debraischafer.com/#!media/c16m6.
“What are the true economic effects of paid leave? Real-life experiments are underway in three states that already have operational paid leave programs: California, New Jersey and Rhode Island. Their experiences — particularly California’s, where the policy is a decade old — offer some answers. (New Jersey’s started in 2009 and Rhode Island’s last year.) Economists have found that with paid leave, more people take time off, particularly low-income parents who may have taken no leave or dropped out of the work force after the birth.
This issue of Beyond the Numbers published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics takes a look at dependent care reimbursement accounts and workplace-funded childcare, and the rate of worker access to each of these benefits. The data show the employee access rates in 2014 for selected occupational and establishment characteristics for state and local government workers and for private industry workers.
For employers in any sector of work, successfully motivating your employees is vital in terms of maintaining not only a workforce but also a healthy business. For everyone involved in the workspace this particular notion has been clear for a long time, though as traditional workplace paradigms begin to shift and the definition of what it means to be an employee in a modern work environment evolve, there are bound to be new motivation methods taking hold.
A slightly revised article just released on supporting working parents who have children with autism, learning differences, and related needs. HR and Benefits leaders are beginning to recognize how services and supports can help these employees remain productive and engaged.