December 2, 2010

Family Security Insurance:  A New Foundation for Economic Security



On Thursday, December 2, Georgetown Law’s Workplace Flexibility 2010 and the Berkeley Center on Health, Economic & Family Security (Berkeley CHEFS) at UC Berkeley School of Law will release a new report entitled, “Family Security Insurance: A New Foundation for Economic Security.”  The report provides a blueprint for establishing and financing a new national insurance program to provide wage replacement for time off for health and caregiving needs.  

Experts to address “Family Security Insurance” include:
·      Ann O’Leary, Executive Director, Berkeley CHEFS
·      Sharon Masling, Senior Counsel, Workplace Flexibility 2010
·      Stephen D. Sugarman, Professor, UC Berkeley School of Law
·      Gillian Lester, Professor, UC Berkeley School of Law
·      Katie Corrigan, Director, Workplace Flexibility 2010

Time and Location:          Thursday, December 2, 2010;

                                              Light breakfast served at 9:00 AM, panel to speak at 9:30 AM.

                                              The National Press Club, First Amendment Lounge

December 14, 2009

Flexible Work Arrangements:  Working for America’s Employers and Employees

Congressional Briefing

At this briefing, employers, workers and union representatives described why flexible work arrangements have been effective business and workforce strategies, and the hallmarks of successful flexible work arrangements.


Speakers included:

  • Ellen Galinsky, Families and Work Institute
  • Amy Richman, WFD Consulting
  • Nina Madoo, Marriott International, Inc.
  • Deb De Marco Bee, Marriott International, Inc.
  • Fiona Grant, Accenture
  • Katherine Sleep, List Innovative Solutions, Inc.
  • Janice Hallman, AARP

October 23, 2009

Our Stories:  Your Constituents

Congressional Briefing

A Diverse Group of Business, Employee and Consumer Representatives will discuss the importance of Flexible Work Arrangements.

Senate Briefing:  10:30 a.m. To 12 p.m., Senate Agricultural Committee Room, Russell 328-A
House Briefing:  3:00 p.m. To 4:30 p.m., Capitol Visitor’s Center, HVC-215
(The same briefing will be conducted for both Senate and House staff.)

Flexible work arrangements play an important role in reducing work/life conflicts so that employees can succeed at work while fulfilling personal and family obligations. At the same time, many employers across the country now recognize that flexible work arrangements are an effective strategy for building a strong, stable workforce and increasing their competitive advantage.

At this briefing, a diverse group of business, employee and consumer representatives will discuss why flexible work arrangements are important for their family members and the issues they represent.

A representative from each of the following organizations will speak at the briefing:

October 5, 2009

Workplace Practice, Health and Well-Being

Congressional Briefing

Workplace innovations to reduce conflicts between work and family responsibilities can improve the health of employees and their families, and may increase productivity and job satisfaction.  Since 2005, the Work, Family & Health Network has engaged in scientific research on the intersection of workplace environments and the health of employees and their families, and how changes in workplace practices can improve the health of workers and their families.  "Workplace Practice, Health and Well-Being," co-sponsored by Senator Tom Harkin and Representative Earl Blumenauer, featured experts from four of the Network’s research institutions on their research and preliminary results.

Inroductory remarks were delievered by:

  • Katie Corrigan, Co-Director, Workplace Flexibility 2010, Georgetown Law
  • Mary L. Durham, PhD, Vice President, Research, Kaiser Permanente, Director, The Center for Health Research

Speakers included:

  • Lisa Berkman, Director, Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies, Thomas D. Cabot Professor of Public Policy, Epidemiology, and Global Health and Population, Harvard School of Public Health, “Managers’ Practices Related to Work-Family Balance Predict Employee Cardiovascular Risk and Sleep Duration in Extended Care Settings”
  • Susan McHale, Professor of Human Development, Director, Social Science Research Institute, The Pennsylvania State University, What can we learn about work, family, and health from a daily diary design?
  • Ellen Ernst Kossek, University Distinguished Professor, Associate Director, Center for Work-Family Stress, Safety and Health, School of Labor & Industrial Relations, Michigan State University/Portland State University, The Effect of Family Supportive Supervision on Grocery Workers
  • Erin Kelly, Associate Professor of Sociology, Co-Director of the Flexible Work & Well-Being Center, University of Minnesota, Work-time Control, Work-Family Conflicts, and Employee Health

The Work, Family and Health Network is composed of interdisciplinary research teams working with corporate partners in several industries. Researchers come from eight institutions: Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI; Portland State University, Portland, OR; University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN; Harvard University, Boston, MA; Penn State University, University Park, PA; RTI International, Research Triangle Park, NC; Center for Health Research, Kaiser Permanente, Portland, OR; and the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA.

July 8, 2009

Flexible Work Arrangements and Low-Wage Work


On Wednesday, July 8, 2009, Workplace Flexibility 2010 and the New America Foundation presented a briefing titled "Flexible Work Arrangements and Low-Wage Work." Panelists presented "the latest research on scheduling challenges faced by low-wage workers, [. . .] common sense solutions that have been implemented by businesses and [. . .] how public policy can enhance access to FWAs for low-wage workers." David Gray - Director of the Workforce and Family Program at the New America Foundation - moderated the panel:

  • Susan J. Lambert (To review Professor Lambert's PowerPoint presentation slides, click here).
    Associate Professor, University of Chicago
  • Jennifer E. Swanberg
    Executive Director, Institute for Workplace Innovation
    Associate Professor, University of Kentucky
  • Elizabeth Lower-Basch
    Senior Policy Analyst, Center for Law and Social Policy
  • Liz Watson (To review Liz Watson's presentation slides, click here).
    Legislative Counsel, Workplace Flexibility 2010
  • John Wilcox
    VP of Operations, Corporate Voices for Working Families

May 20, 2009

Supporting a Healthier Workplace

Congressional Briefing

On Wednesday, May 20, 2009, Workplace Flexibility co-hosted a briefing with the New America Foundation and the American Psychological Association on the relationship between workplace flexibility and mental health.   Research demonstrates that employees with workplace flexibility report less stress, better health, and savings for their employers.  By showing the benefits of workplace flexibility, we can hasten the change to a new workplace model, one that works for employers, employees and communities.  At this hearing, we heard from experts on the interaction between work-life conflict and mental health and the impact of work-life balance on the health of workers and their families, employers and communities.  

Introductory remarks were given by Dr. Gwendolyn Keita of American Psychological Association and Workplace Flexibility 2010 Co-Director Katie Corrigan moderated the panel:

  • Diane Halpern, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, Director, Berger Institute for Work, Family, and Children, & Chair, Department of Psychology, Claremont McKenna College
  • Joseph Grzywacz, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Family & Community Medicine, Wake Forest University School of Medicine
  • David Gray, Director, Workforce and Family Program, New America Foundation
  • Shanny Peer, Ph.D., Senior Associate, Families and Work Institute
  • Donald W. Kemper, MPH, Founder and CEO, Healthwise


May 13, 2009

FWA Platform Release

Platform Release

On Wednesday, May 13, Workplace Flexibility 2010 released a comprehensive set of policy solutions to expand Americans’ access to flexible work arrangements such as compressed workweeks, predictable schedules, and telecommuting.

The report is the culmination of a five-year process of listening to employer, employee and consumer representatives – and provides a detailed blueprint for the White House, Congress and other policymakers to build on innovative workplace flexibility strategies.

The event was held in downton Washington, DC, on the 13th floor of the National Press Club.  Speakers included:

  • Chai Feldblum, Co-Director, Workplace Flexibility 2010
  • Katie Corrigan, Co-Director, Workplace Flexibility 2010

Press Releases:

Other Media:

December 18, 2008

Military Families and Workplace Flexibility


On December 18, 2008, Workplace Flexibility 2010 brought together a panel of experts on the data, law, and practical experiences of military families.  Speakers identified the needs of military families, the relevant research, and the continuum of work-life challenges these families face during and after military service.  The briefing also highlighted how workplace flexibility is a necessary part of the response to these issues.

Workplace Flexibility 2010 Co-Director and Georgetown Law Professor Chai Feldblum moderated the panel:

  • Shelley MacDermid, Ph.D., Director, Military Family Research Institute and the Center for Families, Professor, Purdue University
  • Patricia Kempthorne, Founder and Executive Director of the Twiga Foundation
  • Sheila Casey, Chief Operating Officer, The Hill
  • Kelly B. Hruska, Deputy Director, Government Relations, National Military Family Association
  • Barbara Thompson, Director, Office of Family Policy/Children and Youth, Military Community and Family Policy, Office of Secretary of Defense, U.S. Department of Defense
  • Marcy Karin, Legislative Counsel, Workplace Flexibility 2010, Adjunct Professor, Georgetown Law




June 6, 2008

Workplace Flexibility and Religion

Congressional Briefing

On Friday, June 6, Workplace Flexibility 2010 and the New America Foundation presented a briefing on faith and flexibility to a full crowd in the Cannon House Office Building on Capitol Hill. With bipartisan sponsorship by Representatives Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO) and Mark Souder (R-IN), “Workplace Flexibility and Religion” brought together a diverse panel to discuss the importance of a flexible workplace to religious observance. 


  • Katie Corrigan, Co-Director, Workplace Flexibility 2010
  • Rev. Ann Dean, Director, Leading Contemplative Prayer Groups and Retreats, Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation
  • Rabbi Harold S. White, Georgetown University
  • Arsalan Iftikhar, Contributing Editor, Islamica Magazine, All Dulles Area Muslim Society
  • Rev. David Gray, Director, Workforce and Family Program, New American Foundation



May 28, 2008 - May 30, 2008

Working For Change

2008 Sloan Conference

A Conversation on Workplace Flexibility Research, Business Practice and Public Policy

Conference Materials:

The Conference:

April 30, 2008

Senate Special Committee on Aging Hearing

Congressional Hearing

On Wednesday, April 30, Chai Feldblum—Georgetown Law Professor and Co-Director of Workplace Flexibility 2010- testified before the Senate Special Committee on Aging at a hearing titled, “Leading by Example:  Making Government a Model for Hiring and Retaining Older Workers.”

Professor Feldblum's testimony outlined the ways in which the federal government has already successfully pioneered workplace flexibility programs -- and is uniquely positioned to establish innovative workplace structures that enable older workers to remain active in the workforce.


  • Appendix A:  "Definition of Workplace Flexibility"
  • Appendix B:  "Federal Employees Part-Time Career Employment Act of 1978"
  • Appendix C:  "The Federal Employees Flexible and Compressed Work Schedules Act (FEFCWA)"
  • Appendix D:  "Some Background Information on Workplace Flexibility in Federal Agencies"
  • Appendix E:  "Telecommuting:  A Case Study in Public Policy Approaches"
  • Appendix F:  "A Sampling of Government Reports on Workplace Flexibility"  

September 29, 2006

Promoting Children’s Well Being:  The Need for Workplace Flexibility

Congressional Briefing

Co-sponsored by Senators Mike Dewine (R-OH) and Christopher Dodd (D-CT), Workplace Flexibility 2010 and New America Foundation brought together a panel of experts for a briefing on the implications of work-family tensions on children, with a particular focus on the role of fathers.  The briefing also highlighted how workplace flexibility is a necessary part of the response to this issue.

David Gray of the New America Foundation and Dr. Jean Flatley McGuire moderated the panel:

  • Barbara Schneider, Ph.D., John A. Hannah University Distinguished Professor in the College of Education and Sociology, Michigan State University
  • Shelley M. MacDermid, Ph.D., Professor of Child Development and Family Studies, Purdue University 
  • David M. Almeida, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Human Development and Family Studies, Pennsylvania State University


July 18, 2005

What an Aging Workforce Can Teach Us About Workplace Flexibility

Congressional Briefing

U.S. Capitol

A panel of experts highlight the role that flexible workplaces can play in responding to the challenges of an aging workforce. Academic researchers explain the economic, demographic and social trends that can and should affect the development of policy in this arena.


Letter to Members of Congress


Panelists Bios

Chai R. Feldblum, J.D

Kathleen Christensen, PhD

Robert Hutchens, PhD, School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Cornell University

Michael A. Smyer, PhD & Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes, PhD, Sloan Center for Flexible Work Options and Older Workers, Boston College

Robert B. Hudson, PhD, Graduate School of Social Work, Boston University

Phyllis Moen, PhD, Department of Sociology, University of Minnesota

April 22, 2005

Resetting The Clockwork: Possibilities for Healthy Employees, Retirees, Families, Businesses and Com

Research and Policy Forum

March 25, 2005

Workplace Flexibility 2010 Featured on AARP’s Prime Time Radio

Radio Coverage

Director Chai Feldblum discusses mature workers' need for workplace flexibility.

Transcript of the broadcast

March 3, 2005

The Great American Time Squeeze: The Politics of Work and Family in a 24/7 World

Panel Discussion

Panel discussion about families, work, and public policy from the Russell Sage Foundation and the CUNY Center for Urban Research. Director Chai Feldblum contributed as a panelist.

Panel webcast (RealVideo)

Hear Professor Chai Feldblum talk about Workplace Flexibility 2010 (RealVideo)

Q&A discussion (RealVideo)

Presentation: Gornick & Meyers

Presentation: Gerson & Jacobs

Presentation: Presser

January 24, 2005

Creating a New Standard for the American Workplace

Panel Discussion

As part of its effort to develop a comprehensive national policy on workplace flexibility, Workplace Flexibility 2010, hosted a panel discussion in Washington, DC.

Archived Webcast

List of Speakers

Press Release

November 8, 2004

Rethinking the Hours

New Report

Patti Giglio, Legal Times
What's a billable hour? Firms are starting to realize that even lawyers on the partnership track might want some flexiblilty in the hours they work for the firm. It could actually lead to higher profits, say some proponents of "balanced hours."

Read the full report.