Workplace Issues in the U.S.

Workplace Issues in the U.S.

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When it comes to family-friendly work policies, the U.S. lags far behind other nations according to a US News articlel. Here are some issues being raised that affect how American workers and families experience life on and off the job.

Parental Leave

President Obama stated that "many women can't even get a paid day off to give birth sets a low bar." 

According to the 2014 National Study of Employers conducted by Society for Human Resoure Management, the Families and Work Institute and those organizations; joint project, When Work Works, providing 12 weeks of unpain leave continues to be the norm for many employers across diverse industries. While some companies do offer paid leave to attract and retain talented employee's. A few states to include California, New Jersey, and Rhode Island, have created statewide benefits, only unpaid leave is mandatory nationally, thanks to the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993.

Paid Leave Benefits for parents and other caregivers are "not frills" but "basic needs", according to the President. Employee and employer contributions of 0.2 percent of wages, about two cents of every $10 would pay for this fund. He added that  "Families who do everything right are held back by continued failure of the govenment and employers need to appropriately address these isses. 


Workplace flexibilities are another area where American workers are held back from better balancing the demands of parenting with business needs. However, since 2008 imporvements have been shown in certain types of companies allowing employees to work from home, other forms of flex time haven't gained much ground as of yet. Flexible work arrangements include…

  • Job Sharing

  • Taking Sabbatical

  • Receiving Special Consideraton after an extended break

  • Working only part of the year

A study found that employers are providing less support for flexibility and for diversity and inclusion programs than they did in 2008.  Fewer employers today are considering how well supervisors are managing flexible job arrangements when doing performance reviews and making decisions that affect compensations. There are also fewere employers providing women with management and leadership programs or career counseling than there were in 2008, according to the NSE. The NSE reveals that the maximum length of parental leave for new dads as well as for adoptive parents adn employees caring for family members with illnesses, has actually declined since 2008.

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