Wednesday, March 31, 2010

President & First Lady Promote Flexible Working Hours

First lady Michelle Obama speaks at the White House Council on Women and Girls Forum on Workplace Flexibility in the Eisenhower Executive building in Washington March 31. She and President Obama urged companies to offer flexible work arrangements, such as work from home, as part of a broader push to help middle-class families. Photo: Jason Reed/Reuters

The President and First Lady convened a White House forum – with a lunchtime address by first lady Michelle Obama – to promote greater availability of work patterns such as telecommuting, flexible scheduling, and nonstandard hours (including job sharing and part-year work).

It's part of a broader effort by the Obama administration to improve the well-being of middle-class families. One group participating in Wednesday's event, the Workplace Flexibility 2010 initiative based at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, says the issue deserves policy attention now – even amid wider economic concerns.

The forum Wednesday is considering possible steps to take, such as federal pilot programs or training for private firms.

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