Healthy Mothers Workplace Award to Recognize Family-Friendly Businesses

Healthy Mothers Workplace Award to Recognize Family-Friendly Businesses
May 8, 2014

For the second year in a row, the Healthy Mothers Workplace Award will recognize San Francisco businesses that support work-family balance. In 2013, 18 local companies were honored for having family-friendly policies such as lactation accommodations, leaves of absence and flexible work arrangements.

The Healthy Mothers Workplace Award is now accepting submissions for the 2014 award, giving employers in San Francisco the opportunity to showcase policies that support families while strengthening workplaces. 

Last year’s winners included a variety of businesses large and small, including Bi-Rite Market & Creamery, Boys & Girls Club of San Francisco, California Childcare Resource and Referral Network, Child Care Law Center, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP, Huckleberry Youth Programs,  La Casa de Las Madres, Legal Aid Society – Employment Law Center, LinkedIn Corporation, Morrison & Foerster, LLP, Next Steps Marketing, Portola Family Connections, San Francisco Asian Women’s Shelter,  Square Inc., SRT Consultants, UCSF National Center for Excellence in Women’s Health, United States Department of Labor, San Francisco Region, and VLP Law Group, LLP. 

On the heels of last year’s award, San Francisco became the first city in the nation to give employees the right to request flexibility and/or predictability in their work schedules without fear of retaliation with enactment of the Family Friendly Workplace Ordinance (FFWO).  Workers–especially women–are too often forced to choose between family and their jobs, but the FFWO allows employers and employees to think creatively about work and family obligations and find solutions together, making for happier and healthier workplaces.

“Time and again, San Francisco’s smaller and medium-sized businesses prove they can be just as family-friendly as large companies,” said president of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors David Chiu. “We saw it with last year’s Healthy Mothers winners, and we’re seeing it now with the Family Friendly Workplace Ordinance. I encourage our dynamic small businesses to apply for the award and be recognized for the support they already give working families,”

“This Mother’s Day, businesses should celebrate by applying for an award, taking the opportunity to highlight policies that promote health and gender equity,” said Julia Parish, attorney with the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center, a member of the Healthy Mothers Workplace Coalition. “Today, women are the sole or primary breadwinner for 40% of families with children. It is essential that workplaces reflect that by adopting common-sense policies that work for mothers and their employers. Fortunately, many San Francisco companies do this already.”

“Maternal status is actually a more significant predictor of workplace discrimination than gender alone,” said Emily Murase, PhD, San Francisco Department on the Status of Women.  “Moms are hired less and paid less than men and other women. In order to truly eliminate pay gaps and other workplace barriers for moms, we must support and expand programs like the Healthy Mothers Workplace, which educates San Francisco employers and employees on workplace rights and best practices.”

“I raised my children while working full time both for private companies and in the public sector,” said Tanya Yurovsky, Principal at SRT Consultants, a 2013 award winner.  “As a working mother in the 1980s and 90s, I had to overcome many issues with my employers. So when I started my own engineering consulting firm ten years ago, I made a promise to myself that my company would be a better place to work while raising a family. I am proud to report that I kept my promise, and that SRT is a great workplace for mothers and fathers alike.”

The Healthy Mothers Workplace program was launched with initial seed funding by the Community Transformation Grant and UCSF Health Improvement Project.  For more information, please visit www.healthymothersworkplace.org.