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Work-Life Policy Unit report noted at conference, in press

December 13, 2010

A recent article in the Government Employee Relations Report, “Various Reasons Support FWA Programs for State, Local Government Employees,” highlighted the Workplace Flexibility conference hosted by the New America Foundation and the Work-Life Policy Unit in the Civil Justice Clinic at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law.

The conference, held Dec. 1 at the New America Foundation in Washington, D.C., explored the benefits, challenges, and opportunities workplace flexibility offers to state and local governments as they strive to be employers-of-choice, and how such flexibility policy can inform debate on Capitol Hill.

Marcy Karin, director of the College of Law’s Work-Life Policy Unit in the Civil Justice Clinic, discussed a study that she and several College of Law students conducted, looking closely at workplace flexibility programs in Arizona and Michigan. She said there were four main results: (1) flexibility benefits employers, employees, and the community; (2) it helps the government respond to problems as they arise; (3) successful model flexibility programs exist and can be replicated; and (4) leadership is a critical component.

Her remarks were built on the Clinic’s work performed on behalf of two non-profit clients by Karin and students Linda Day, Meghan McCauley, MacKenzie Deal, Andrea Esquer, Megan Evans and Greg Fetterman.

Watch the event here.

Read the paper here.

Judy Nichols,
Office of Communications, College of Law