"By now, you probably know that a salary is negotiable.
But that's just one of the workplace policies and perks up for discussion. Whether it's explicitly said or not, things like flexible working arrangements, maternity leave and even the projects you get to work on may not be set in stone."
Carl Crawford Leads Off- Another Baseball Season, Another Paternity LeaveLos Angeles Dodger Carl Crawford will begin the 2014 baseball season on paternity leave, making use of MLB’s forward-thinking policy- the first of its kind in major US sports. I see this as yet another reason to celebrate the beginning of a new baseball season!
"Jane Waldfogel, a professor at Columbia University who studies public policy and child and family well-being, is responsible for submitting the report on the United States to the annual international paid leave report that Moss compiles.
Reading through the report each year, seeing what other countries are doing is "tough," she said. Most countries in the report offer families as much as one year with some portion of their incomes replaced while they physically recover, breastfeed and bond as a family.
"Despite the best efforts of some policymakers and health care innovators, it is unlikely that we will see a drop in the need for informal and unpaid caregivers anytime soon. Consequently, it is especially important for workers to have access to benefits such as workplace flexibility and paid family leave should they need to take time to care for themselves or a loved one. Supporting caregivers with these policies will go a long way toward recognizing our invaluable informal care community and increasing cost savings for taxpayers by reducing costly hospital and nursing home stays."
"Without institutional supports like paid family leave, paid sick days, or a national system of quality affordable childcare, let alone accommodating bosses, low- and middle-income working parents are left to their individual devices and the results are tenuous."
Fair pay, paid family and medical leave, paid sick days, and affordable child care are critical policy reforms that need to be on the national agenda. Join us for a discussion with House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Lilly Ledbetter, working women from across America, and Congresswomen championing these critical issues.
Work and Life is a two-hour radio program hosted by Stew Friedman, director of the Wharton Work/Life Integration Project, on Sirius XM's Channel 111, Business Radio Powered by Wharton. Every Tuesday from 7 pm to 9 pm EST, Stew speaks with everyday people and the world's leading experts about creating harmony among work, home, community, and the private self (mind, body and spirit).