MEDIA ADVISORY: Speakers will urge legislators to make workplaces more family-friendly

Speakers will urge legislators to make workplaces more family-friendly
At Wednesday's Work and Family Balance Committee meeting, advocates will build momentum for pro-family policies

WHAT: The Joint Select Committee on Work and Family Balance meeting
WHEN: Wed., April 7 at 2 p.m. in Room 1224 at the Legislative Building.  
WHO: Speakers from the NC Justice Center, AARP, MomsRising, small businesses and local universities will testify

RALEIGH (April 7, 2010) -- North Carolina can help its families juggle the competing demands of work and family with a few simple, common-sense policies. This Wednesday, community groups will encourage legislators to enact some of these programs, such as guaranteed paid sick days, family medical leave and flexible workplace policies workplace that would stimulate the economy while easing the recession's burden on struggling workers.

At the Joint Select Committee on Work and Family Balance meeting this April 7, speakers from a range of perspectives will testify in front of the committee on why North Carolina needs to take action to make our workplaces more family-friendly. The event will build momentum for other pro-family events throughout the month of April.

The speakers include:

1.  A Mom's perspective: balancing work & family: Beth Messersmith, MomsRising

2.  Meeting the needs of caregivers and older workers: Diana Hatch, AARP-North Carolina State President and Triangle OWL member

3.  Working with a disability and best employer practices:  Vanessa Hodges, Associate Professor at UNC School of Social Work (and living with Multiple Scleroris)

4.  Meeting the challenges of work and family in the business setting: Nancy Piepho, President, Expedite Group

5.  Recommendations for the committee to consider: Louisa Warren, NC Justice Center

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Jeff Shaw, communications director, 919.836.2402 office, 503.551.3615 mobile; Louisa Warren, 919.801-0465.