On Monday, President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama hosted the White House Summit on Working Families, to engage the country in a "conversation on working families for a 21st Century workplace." In his remarks leading up to the event, and at the summit, the President outlined four issues that are a priority for working families: workplace flexibility, access to affordable child care, minimum and equal wages, and paid maternity leave.
To that end, the President is issuing a Presidential Memorandum directing the Department of Labor to begin expanding flexible workplace policies for federal employees, supporting the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, changing the definition of spouse in the Family and Medical Leave Act to accommodate same sex married couples, as well as increasing access to affordable child care. Though starting with federal employees is a great way to start, there's nothing to stop your company from leading by example. As lawyers in the legal department, you're in a unique position to help steer the company to help make the workplace more efficient, as well as a happier place for your company's employees.
Here are some ways how your company can help #FamiliesSucceed.