This law protects individuals who are at least forty years of age from employment discrimination based on age. 29 U.S.C. § 621 et seq.
The Rehabilitation Act of 1973
This law prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in programs conducted by federal agencies, in programs receiving federal financial assistance, in federal employment and in the employment practices of federal contractors. PL 93-112 (Employment Provisions codified at 29 U.S.C. § 701 et seq.)
The Federal Employees Flexible and Compressed Work Schedules Act of 1978
This law authorized the use of alternative and compressed work schedules in the federal government. 5 U.S.C. § 6120 et seq.
Federal Employees Part-Time Career Employment Act of 1978
This law allowed and encouraged greater use of part-time options for federal employees to work less than the traditional 40-hour workweek. 5 U.S.C. § 3401 et seq.
The Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978
This law amended the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to prohibit sex discrimination on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions. 42 U.S.C. § 2000e(k)
This law requires employers with at least 50 employees to provide job-protected unpaid time off to employees who work at least 1250 hours in the previous 12 months for the birth or adoption of a child or to care for the serious health condition of oneself or one’s immediate family member. 29 U.S.C. § 2601 et seq.
National Performance Review Report
Among other things, this report highlighted the federal government’s limited use of family-friendly workplace policies and recommended the use of additional flexible work arrangements.
Presidential Declaration of Labor History Month
President Clinton’s Proclamation 6688 declared the month of May 1994 as Labor History Month to highlight the importance of studying the history of labor to understand the foundations of work life in America: the 8 hour day, the forty hour week, security in unemployment and old age, protection for the sick and injured, equal employment opportunity, protection for children and health and safety.
Presidential Memorandum on Expanding Family-Friendly Work Arrangements in the Executive Branch
President Clinton issues a memorandum directing executive agencies to encourage flexible work arrangements.
Federal Family Friendly Leave Act of 1994
Federal Family Friendly Leave Act of 1994: This law allows federal employees to take time off in instances of medical need or death of family members. PL 103-3
Presidential Memorandum on Implementing Federal Family Friendly Work Arrangements
President Clinton directed executive agencies to review and further utilize workplace flexibility via memorandum.
Department of Labor Regional Working Women’s Summits
The Women’s Bureau of the Department of Labor held the first of 20 regional Working Women’s summits. Topics included elder care, the “glass ceiling,” fair pay, pensions, life-long learning, and workplace flexibility.
White House Conference on Early Child Development and Child Care
The White House Conference on Early Child Development and Child Care highlighted the benefits of early nurturing parents.
Meeting the Needs of Today’s Workforce: Child Care Best Practices
During a White House Ceremony, President Clinton released Meeting the Needs of Today’s Workforce: Child Care Best Practices, a publication by the Department of Labor Women’s Bureau that highlighted 40 innovative child care programs initiated by employers across the country to address the needs of working parents.
Work and Elder Care: Facts for Caregivers and Their Employers
The Department of Labor Women’s Bureau released the publication Work and Elder Care: Facts for Caregivers and Their Employers.
Federal Caregivers Conference
The Office of Personnel and Management sponsored a caregivers conference that addressed the issues and challenges older persons will face in the 21st century.
Federal Child Care Summit
The Office of Personnel Management hosted the first Federal Child Care Summit in Kansas City, Missouri, which brought together experts and professionals from the private and public sectors to provide solutions for quality, affordable childcare.
New Tools to Help Parents Balance Work and Family
By memorandum, President Clinton directed the Secretary of Labor to promulgate regulations that permit states to create ways to use the unemployment compensation system to support parents taking time off after the birth or adoption of a child. The regulations, which were repeated under President Bush, allowed states to create ways for parents to obtain unemployment compensation for the first year a child was with the family.
National Work and Family Month Resolution
This resolution designated October as National Work and Family Month and urged public officials and employers to work together to achieve more balance between work and family. S.Res.210
Federal Workforce Flexibility Act of 2004
The Federal Workforce Flexibility Act of 2004 provided reform for federal employment in the area of pay. The law included limitations on pay, bonus information, and reporting requirements for the federal government. PL108-411
Corporate Voices' CEO Statement of Support for Expanding Workplace Flexibility
Six top executives signed the Corporate Voices CEO Statement of Support for Expanding Workplace Flexibility stating that they believe in flexibility as a beneficial management tool and that they were committed to expanding flexibility in their workplaces. Additionally, these CEOs agreed to continue to provide leadership in communicating the benefits of workplace flexibility policies to others.
White House Conference on Aging
Held Dec. 11-14, the White House Conference on Aging brought 1200 delegates together to make recommendations to the President and Congress on how best to guide national aging policies. A number of recommendations related to economic security and workplace flexibility were issued in 2006.
Creation of th Interagency Taskforce on the Aging of the American Workforce
The Office of Personnel Management began the Career Patterns Initiative to find new approaches to bring the next generation into federal government positions. The initiative helped federal agencies promote “flexibilities,” including flexible work arrangements, part time employment, and mid-career entry.
Employer Best Practices for Workers with Caregiving Responsibilities
Bipartisan Senate Study Group on Workplace Flexibility
Co-chaired by Senators Mike Crapo (R-ID) and Blanche Lincoln (D-AK), the Bipartisan Senate Study Group on Workplace Flexibility was established to explore the most up-to-date research, policy and business practices on flexible work arrangement. The Study Group also provided staff with an opportunity for meaningful discussion on how increased access to flexibility can help both businesses and employees.
Best of Congress 2008 Award
Corporate Voices for Working Families and Working Mother Media, Inc. launched the inaugural Best of Congress Award to spotlight congressional leadership in working family issues. 24 Senators and Representatives were recognized for taking leadership on legislation supporting working families, promoting family-friendly policies, and providing workplace flexibility to their own employees via model office policies.
National Work and Family Month Designation
The House of Representatives passed House Resolution 1440 by unanimous consent, designating October as National Work and Family Month.
2008 Presidential Election
This was the first Presidential Election with platforms on workplace flexibility from both parties. Republican Presidential Candidate John McCain announces he would create a National Commission on Workplace Flexibility and Choice and support Head Start. Democratic Presidential Candidate Barack Obama pledged to expand access to flexible work arrangements, paid sick days and leave, and make the federal government a model employer by allowing employees to request flexible arrangements.
The White House Council on Women and Girls was created by Executive Order 13506. Chaired by senior advisor and assistant to the president for Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs, Valerie Jarrett, the Council provided a coordinated federal response to the challenges faced by women and girls and to ensure that all agencies consider how their policies and programs impact women and families.
First Lady Michelle Obama Speaks at Corporate Voices’ Eighth Annual Partners Meeting
Bipartisan Senate Study Group on Workplace Flexibility
The Bipartisan Senate Study Group on Workplace Flexibility asked selected advocacy groups to submit a short statement of their work-life priorities to help them work towards “expanding access to workplace flexibility [that] will result in better businesses, a stronger workforce and healthier families.”
National Work and Family Month 2009
October 2009 was designated as “National Work and Family Month.” The Senate and House of Representatives both recognized the importance of work schedules that allow employees to spend time with their families, to perform jobs productively, and to healthy families. The resolution urged public officials, employers, employees, and the general public to work together to achieve more balance between work and family. S. Res. 296, H.Res.768
Section 4207 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
A major health care reform bill, included amendments to the Fair Labor Standards Act. This section required employers to provide a place outside of public view within the worksite for employees to lactate. The employer must also allow for reasonable break times for breast milk expression for one year after the birth of the employee’s child each time the employee has the need to express milk. PL111-148
White House Forum on Workplace Flexibility
The White House Forum on Workplace Flexibility brought individuals from the business community, policy experts, employees, and administration officials together to recognize best practices and find solutions to flexibility issues so that employees can meet the demands of their jobs and their families.
Council of Economic Advisors: Work-Life Balance and the Economics of Workplace Flexibility
Corporate Voices and Working Mother Media, Inc. launched the Best Companies for Hourly Workers Awards. The Awards highlighted companies with the most beneficial practices for hourly workers. Applicants were judged based on the provision of benefits, training, development and advancement programs, child care, and flexibility programs, among other things.
White House Task Force on Middle Class Working Families
The Best of Congress Awards were created and given out by Corporate Voices for Working Families in partnership with Working Mother Media, Inc. to highlight excellence in improving the lives of working families through legislation and advocacy as well as members who have model employment practices in their own small offices. 30 recipients from both sides of the aisle were recognized as being Best of Congress for Work-Life.
U.S. Senate Designates October 2010 as National Work and Family Month
The Senate designated October 2010 as National Work and Family Month. This reflected a Senate recognition that flexible work schedules that allow employees to spend time with their families contribute to healthy families as well as job productivity. The Senate urged public officials, employers, employees, and the general public to work together to achieve more balance between work and family. S. Res.618