At today’s Middle Class Task Force event, Vice President Biden and members of the White House Middle Class Task Force and Council on Women and Girls shone a spotlight on the critical need to help working families balance the dual demands of work and family in America.
They announced the recommendations from the Equal Pay Enforcement Task Force, which are meant to address gender-based wage disparities in the U.S. to help struggling families and communities.
As a continuation of the discussion started in March at the White House Forum on Workplace Flexibility, Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis and Senior Advisor to the President Valerie Jarrett highlighted the Administration’s ongoing commitment to improve work-family balance for all Americans through workplace flexibility. Workplace flexibility policies and practices empower workers to meet the increasingly complex demands of both work and family.
As such, they announced the White House’s launch of a Work-Flex Event Starter Kit to encourage greater dialogue around workplace flexibility at the community level and to bring people together to start making changes. Employees, businesses, and universities are encouraged to use the Event Starter Kit to host a discussion in their own community about how innovative workplace flexibility policies can help employees balance work and family responsibilities, while simultaneously improving employers’ bottom lines. To view the White House’s Work-Flex Event Starter Kit, please click here. Corporate Voices’ national workplace flexibility campaign is highlighted in the Starter Kit as a key resource for how communities can engage with businesses to expand support for workplace flexibility.
Secretary Solis also announced that the Women’s Bureau of the Department of Labor will hold regional events in four cities across the country to expand the national dialogue on workplace flexibility. Those events will be in: Dallas, Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles. One event will be held per quarter, and each event will focus on different sectors of the economy and the workforce. For example, the event in Chicago will focus on workplace flexibility in the manufacturing sector; the Los Angeles event will highlight how hourly workers benefit from flexibility; the New York event will focus on white-collar workers, and the Dallas event will highlight how workplace flexibility is helping small businesses.
Together with its partners and with generous support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Corporate Voices is leading a national campaign to engage the business community in support for expanding workplace flexibility. The members of Corporate Voices’ Partner Coalition are: Families and Work Institute, Society for Human Resource Management, WFD Consulting, Working Mother Media/Bonnier Group, WorldatWork, and Boston College’s Center for Work and Family. These are organizations that are recognized for their business case research in the work/life field, their thought leadership, and their policy efforts in the work/life area.
Corporate Voices looks forward to expanding its grassroots outreach in each of the cities mentioned above as part of its workplace flexibility campaign to galvanize support among businesses and communities for workplace flexibility. Please stay tuned for how your company can get involved in these outreach activities through our campaign!