Employee Benefits

Reconciling Work and Life - Experiences from Germany

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Report
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Reconciling Work and Life - Experiences from Germany
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WWS Worldwide
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Ulrike Hoessle - WWS Worldwide

Many eloquently written books and a huge number of newspaper articles are describing the same big problem with having it all: workplaces are still designed for a breadwinner-homemaker model that is no longer an ideal or an option for most of us. But how can the paradigm shift happen to change this design—to allow real choices for women and men regarding work and family life?

Fight Employee Fears of Using Family Benefits

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News Article
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Fight Employee Fears of Using Family Benefits
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Daily Labor Report (Bloomberg BNA)
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dowgun

Employees are often afraid to use family-friendly benefits because of perceived stigma, according to a study published earlier this year in the academic journal Personnel Psychology in which 154 firefighters and 440 nurses took part.

Ikea’s Leave Policy Actually Includes Most of Its Workers

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News Article
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Ikea’s Leave Policy Actually Includes Most of Its Workers
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The Atlantic
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Boston College Center for Work & Family

The furniture retailer will provide up to 16 weeks paid parental leave for its staff—including hourly employees. A generous, and rare, offer in the U.S.

Employee Well-being: A Comprehensive Approach - Enhancing the Employee Experience and Business Outcomes

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Brief
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Employee Well-being: A Comprehensive Approach - Enhancing the Employee Experience and Business Outcomes
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Boston College Center for Work & Family
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Boston College Center for Work & Family

The Boston College Center for Work & Family is pleased to release a new addition to our Executive Briefing Series, 

New and Expanded Employer Paid Family Leave Policies (2015-2016)

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Report
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New and Expanded Employer Paid Family Leave Policies (2015-2016)
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CLASP, National Partnership for Women & Families
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Judi C Casey

The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) and the National Partnership for Women & Families  have released an updated version of our employer paid leave chart, New and Expanded Employer Paid Family Leave Policies (2015-2016), which highlights new paid family leave policies announced from 2015 through the present by high-profile companies. Of note is that recently, two companies, Deloitte and Discovery Communications, have begun providing family leave that allows for elder care and care for a seriously ill family member.

The Curse of Flexible Work

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News Article
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The Curse of Flexible Work
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BBC.com

Deviating from the nine-to-five isn’t always liberating – it can often be a constant source of stress.

Flexible Schedules Reward Dads, Not Moms

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News Article
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Flexible Schedules Reward Dads, Not Moms
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Washington Post

Chung found that men and women in full-time jobs with flexible schedules worked about the same amount of overtime hours. The same went for mothers and fathers. The men, however, saw an earnings increase beyond overtime pay after switching from a concrete schedule to flexible hours. They banked an average of 1,000 more euros (about $1,125) per year. The women enjoyed no such gains.

A Family-Friendly Policy That’s Friendliest to Male Professors

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News Article
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A Family-Friendly Policy That’s Friendliest to Male Professors
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New York Times
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Monique Valcour

Many universities have adopted tenure-extension policies that give new parents greater flexibility. In practice, these policies are usually gender-neutral, giving fathers an extra year to establish their reputations, just like mothers.

Etsy's New Paid Parental Leave Policy Is Designed To Counteract Gender Bias

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News Article
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Etsy's New Paid Parental Leave Policy Is Designed To Counteract Gender Bias
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FastCompany
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Monique Valcour

The Truth About Parental Leave

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Blog
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The Truth About Parental Leave
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Debra Isaacs Schafer
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Debra I. Schafer, Executive Advisor; Founder/CEO, Education Navigation, LLC

Parental leave is very much a "hot topic" for working parents and now, for companies, and there's progress being made in this area.  Yet there are millions of working parents/employees whose needs are not being met so we still have a long way to go.

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