Paid leave has more positive impacts on employers and employees compared to unpaid leave. Types of leave included are parental leave (for birth, adoption, or foster placement), sick and safe leave, and family and medical leave.
Flexible Work and Scheduling
Flexible work includes flextime, working from home or telecommuting, job sharing, part-time work, and predictable scheduling.
Child care solutions include employer support of employee dependent care flexible spending accounts, backup and emergency care, child care referrals, on-site child care, child care consortiums, and subsidized or reimbursed care.
Accommodations and Support
This category includes support for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers and babies at work initiatives.
On December 29, 2022, the following historical federal bills were signed into law:
- PUMP for Nursing Mothers Act – Expands the legal right to receive pumping breaks and private space to nearly 9 million more workers, including teachers, registered nurses, farmworkers, and many others. Details (DOL Fact Sheet)
- Pregnant Workers Fairness Act – Gives pregnant and postpartum workers, including breastfeeding employees, a national right to reasonable workplace accommodations, including lactation accommodations. Details. (EEOC explainer)
Employers who are interested in evaluating and improving workplace policies and practices can implement the Kids are Good Business Survey. This survey for employees is a quick, easy, and free self-assessment that addresses eight family-friendly policy and practice areas with research-proven benefits. To learn more or to get started with implementing the survey please contact email@example.com.
Family-forward policies will strengthen Kansas economy and communities (Kansas Reflector, May 31, 2023)
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