Balancing work and family

Commentary | August 15, 2003 | By Marilyn Watkins | Seattle Post-Intelligencer

This month all Americans can celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Family & Medical Leave Act going into effect. In the past decade, more than 40 million U.S. workers have been able to take time off from work to be with their new baby, to care for a seriously ill family member or to recover from their own serious illness without fear of losing their jobs. U.S. families are healthier and stronger because of the FMLA and businesses have found that making the workplace more family-friendly has made workers more dedicated and productive, while reducing costly turnover.

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