This month and next, Family Forward NC will offer insight and inspiration to employers in Wake Forest, Charlotte and Wilmington.
“Employers across North Carolina are increasingly recognizing the value of family-friendly workplaces, not only as a way to attract and retain employees but also as a way to encourage improved health and well-bring for workers and their children – our state’s future workforce,” says Lisa Finaldi, Community Engagement Leader for the North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation, which leads Family Forward NC.
Recently, public and private employers across the state have taken steps to improve their policies for working parents:
- In May, Gov. Roy Cooper issued an executive order providing paid parental leave to approximately 56,000 North Carolina state agency employees.
- This week, the UNC Board of Governors will consider a similar parental leave policy for 33,000 employees of the UNC System, which includes North Carolina State University, University of North Carolina, North Carolina A&T and North Carolina Central University.
- Earlier this month, Wilmington City Council approved a parental leave policy for city workers there, and New Hanover County passed a paid leave policy last month.
- More than 65 business and community leaders came together in Greensboro in June to explore how workplaces in that city could become more family friendly.
Want to join the movement and make your workplace more family friendly? Here’s where we’ll be and how to sign up:
September 25, Hickory
On September 25, Family Forward NC will be in Hickory as part of the North Carolina Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) 2019 state conference. We will present at the NC SHRM State Council meeting. For more on the conference, visit the event website.
October 1, Charlotte
Smart Start of Mecklenburg County—in partnership with Leading on Opportunity, the North Carolina Early Education Coalition, and the Charlotte Area Society for Human Resources Management—will join the North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation (NCECF) to present “Business Smart. Family Friendly. Future Ready.” from 8:30-10:00 a.m. at The Duke Endowment.
NCECF will present about Family Forward NC, and then a panel of employers and health experts will discuss their experiences with family-friendly policies and how those policies can lead to better outcomes for children. Please note: attendees of this event will be eligible to receive 1.5 hours of continuing education credit through The Charlotte Area Society for Human Resource Management.
October 17, Wilmington
Family Forward NC will present at the October 17 membership luncheon for the Wilmington and Beaches Convention and Visitors Bureau.