Countless surveys highlight the need to achieve a healthier work-life balance and in addition we have seen a raft of changes to employment legislation to help in achieving this.
However the challenges facing many employees managing their home and work commitments is not simply a challenge for the individual but also for the employer, and it is important for small business owners to remember that there are several key pieces of legislation to consider:
1. Maternity leave
Karyn Twaronite, Ernst & Young America's inclusiveness officer, recently found herself chatting at a company cocktail party with a group that included three soon-to-be dads in their early 30s. Since it's part of her job, she asked if they were going to take paternity leave. "Of course," they all said — a response that she wouldn't likely have gotten 10 years ago.
The mother of a Chinese baby boy who survived after becoming trapped in a sewage pipe has claimed she kept her pregnancy secret after the father refused to stand by her but insisted that the child had accidentally slipped into the lavatory.
The 22-year-old woman, who is from Zhejiang province in eastern China but has not been named, told police she realised she was carrying a baby three months into her pregnancy and had not told her parents.
By Suzy Khimm
I wrote last week about how the fate of health reform depends on the states, given their starring role in carrying out major parts of the
Affordable Care Act. They'll be hugely responsible for setting up the new insurance exchanges -- which have to be running by 2014 -- and enforcing the beefed-up insurance regulations. But there are changes already underway that will give us an early preview of what's to come.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that police usually must try to obtain a search warrant from a judge before ordering blood tests for drunken-driving suspects. The justices sided with a Missouri man who was subjected to a blood test without a warrant and found to have nearly twice the legal limit of alcohol in his blood.
In the recent years the number of clinical test has increased significantly, starting from simple blood samples and ending with EKGs and MRI. However only some of them could be useful, while others could even prove to be harmful.
A DNA test of a pregnant woman's blood is more accurate than current methods of screening for Down syndrome and other common disorders, new research finds. If other studies bear this out, it could transform prenatal care by giving a more reliable, non-invasive way to detect these problems very early in pregnancy....