Do you know what R. Riveter, Computerway Food Systems, the Charlotte Bilingual Preschool and the Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity have in common?
They’re all Family Forward NC Certified Employers! Launched in October, our Family Forward NC Employer Certification – part of our Family Forward NC initiative – designates employers that offer policies and practices that support the health and well-being of working families and children.
If your workplace would like to become Family Forward NC certified (or if you want to learn more about certification), please join us June 1 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. EST for a webinar about the certification and how to apply. To register, click here.
To achieve a Family Forward NC Employer Certification, an employer must offer best-practice policies in one or more of five main areas:
- paid leave and wages;
- accommodations for pregnant and breastfeeding workers;
- child care;
- health and wellness benefits; and
- scheduling practices.
Family-friendly workplaces have a competitive advantage. But more importantly, for children and families, the benefits of family-friendly workplaces are numerous and long-lasting. They include
- positive impacts on health, development and well-being,
- financial stability, and
- future career success.
Children whose parents have access to family-friendly benefits receive much-needed support and time with their parents during the most critical years of brain development, which leads to better health and well-being throughout their lives. And family-friendly benefits such as accommodations for pregnant workers or paid leave improve a mother’s health, lowers risk of miscarriage, and improves an unborn baby’s health, including lower risk of preterm birth and low birthweight.
Want to learn more about the Family Forward NC Employer Certification? Join our webinar on June 1. Ready to become certified? Visit the Family Forward NC website to determine if your workplace is eligible and begin your application.
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