INNOVATIVE THINGS EMPLOYERS CAN DO TO HELP EMPLOYEES

 

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A recent CNN Money article highlighted an innovative program IBM plans to launch in September 2015 designed to help working mothers ship breast milk home while they are traveling for business.  The idea arose after a focus group for IBM’s working mothers said nursing moms worry about this issue while they’re on business trips.  IBM is hoping to use a smartphone app so traveling mothers can have temperature-controlled packaging delivered to their hotel.  The company will pay for all expenses associated with the program and says they are motivated by their “drive to help our working moms.”

As attorneys who represent employees, we are always happy to see employers going above and beyond to accommodate working mothers.  This is a wonderful example of an inventive solution to a common concern for nursing moms who must travel as part of their jobs.  Hats off to IBM – we hope more employers will follow their lead!

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