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Family friendly-policies handbook for businesses


Боловсруулж, эмхэтгэсэн: UNICEF
2020
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  • During the first 1,000 days of a child’s life, parents
    have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to build a
    baby’s brain and shape a child’s ability to learn and
    flourish. As their children grow, fathers and mothers
    continue to have the most important job in the
    world: building the foundations for life in the future.
    When businesses, as well as governments, invest
    in policies that give parents the support they need
    to raise happy and healthy children, societies and
    economies can thrive.

    1 Companies, on their own and in collaboration with
    other stakeholders, have a pivotal role in making
    the workplace family-friendly.

    2 To address the needs
    of children, parents and other caregivers, familyfriendly
    policies feature:
    3 Paid parental leave, covering both mothers and
    fathers to care for young children.
    4 Flexible work arrangements that offer choices on
    when and where workers fulfil their
    responsibilities, such as adjusted working hours,
    compressing the work week, or working from
    home.
    5 Protections for pregnant women, including job
    security, and support for breastfeeding mothers,
    including paid breaks and adequate facilities to
    accommodate breastfeeding at work.
    3 Access to affordable, quality childcare, from the
    end of parental leave to children’s entry into the
    first grade of school.

    6 Child benefits, which include regular cash
    transfers as part of a government-sponsored
    system of social protection and social services,
    and can be supported by public-private
    partnerships between government, local industry
    associations and communities to mobilize
    additional resources.

    As noted throughout the handbook, these
    measures can save lives, increase health and
    well-being, and reduce health-care costs and
    absenteeism. While the benefits and the need were
    already evident, as work and family life have been
    upended in the context of COVID-19, the timetable
    for fortifying family-friendly policies and expediting
    new programmes must be greatly accelerated.

    Though many companies have adopted some or
    all of these policies, they are not yet a reality for
    most parents around the world. Only 30 per cent of countries, for example, offer maternity leave
    that meets International Labour Organization (ILO)
    standards – and two-thirds of children under age 1
    live in countries where their fathers are not entitled
    by law to a single day of paid paternity leave.3
    And the needs become increasingly apparent for
    workers outside the formal sector. More than 60
    per cent of the global workforce, or 2 billion people,
    earn their living in the informal economy,4 which
    is often unpredictable, less regulated and poorly
    covered by social protection.

Family friendly-policies handbook for businesses
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