Even though National Work & Family month ended last week, the conversation about workplace issues that affect families continues.  In a recent Huffington Post article titled “Some States Respond to Recession with Work-Family Policies,” Julie Schwartz Weber discusses the consequences of the economic downturn on family income and wellbeing. Julie is a Policy Specialist for the Alfred P. Sloan Work and Family Research Network (Sloan Network) at Boston College.

Throughout her post, she draws attention to the legislation proposed in individual states that would help many families recover from the losses of the past year.

Here’s an excerpt:

In light of the current economic downturn, the challenges of work and family balance are ever more exacerbated. With 70% of American households with children relying on two incomes or one single parent income to make ends meet, the loss of earnings has devastating effects on the economic and physical well-being of families. In fact, most families today are experiencing one or more of the following challenges:

1) Unemployment;

2) Increased financial strain;

3) Increased physical and mental stress;

4) More involuntary part-time work; and

5) Decreased time for caregiving.

Publications, research studies and toolkits on a host of other workforce readiness, flexibility, family economic stability, and work and family balance issues are also available on the Corporate Voices Web site.

By Allison Porton