Magazine article Risk Management

The Working Family

Magazine article Risk Management

The Working Family

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A recent report from CORE, Inc., a business-to-business solutions company focused on employee productivity, evaluates the pressures that the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993, and corresponding state legislation place on employers. Not surprisingly, the cost can be great. "Only a small fraction of employees will ever use FML," says Rebecca Auerbach, CORE's vice president of research, "However, the administrative burden and potential for overlap with other benefits can have a serious impact on workforce productivity." And noncompliant employers could face in excess of $100,000 if brought into FMLA litigation.

Offering the job flexibility that allows workers to enjoy their families and homelives, however, is becoming more than just a legal necessity. In their new book, Work and Family--Allies or Enemies? What Happens When Business Professionals Confront Life Choices (Oxford University Press), authors Stewart Friedman and Jeffrey Greenhaus reveal that the most important factor for a professional's sense of overall well being is the degree of focus--keeping work at work and home at home. …

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