2009 - 2011

January 6, 2011Improving Work-Life Fit in Hourly Jobs: An Underused Cost-Cutting Strategy in a Globalized World — A new report shows that widely used techniques for cutting labor costs may, in fact, end up driving labor costs higher. The report draws on path-breaking research and provides concrete tools to help employers achieve greater "schedule effectiveness" by offering schedules that fit better with employees' family responsibilities.

February 22, 2010 — Costs of Caregiver Discrimination Increasing for Employers — Treating employees less favorably because they have family caregiving obligations can land employers in court and result in significant liability a new report, Family Responsibilities Discrimination: Litigation Update 2010, concludes.

December 14, 2009 — New Report Points to Development of Laws Prohibiting Family Responsibilities Discrimination — A new report, Caregivers as a Protected Class?: The Growth of State and Local Laws Prohibiting Family Responsibilities Discrimination, details how at least 63 local governments in 22 states—including some of the nation's major urban areas—have passed employment anti-discrimination laws that go beyond federal and state statutes to ensure that those with caregiving responsibilities are not discriminated against at work.

2006 - 2008

December 8, 2008 — WLL and Sloan Work and Family Research Network at Boston College Team Up to Release New Research on State Legislation to Protect Family Caregivers — The new research brief, Addressing Family Responsibilities Discrimination, describes state policy efforts to address family responsibilities discrimination (FRD), including why FRD is a policy matter and how FRD negatively impacts both employees and their employers.

May 23, 2007 — EEOC Gives Boost to Mothers and Other Family Caregivers — The EEOC took an important step toward ending discrimination against mothers and other family caregivers by issuing enforcement guidance that will educate employers and employees about caregivers’ rights and responsibilities.

November 16, 2006 — Legal Guide to Family Responsibilities Discrimination is Published — WorkLife Law’s Guide to Family Responsibilities Discrimination is the first treatise of its kind.  Published by the Center for WorkLife Law, the 160-page Guide provides a thorough overview of the federal and state laws that can be used to protect workers who have family caregiving obligations.

October 13, 2006"Opt Out" or Pushed Out?: The Untold Story of Why Women Leave the Workforce — A new study debunks the myths surrounding the opt out story, and details the ways in which women do not opt out—more often they are pushed out of their jobs by inflexible workplaces, failures of public policy, and outright workplace bias.

July 6, 2006Litigating the Maternal Wall — A new report documents that sometimes parents face work/family stresses that, far from being run-of-the-mill schedule tangles, give rise to lawsuits alleging "family responsibilities discrimination" (FRD), and that lawsuits involving FRD are being filed at a brisk rate.

March 14, 2006One Sick Child Away From Being Fired: When "Opting Out" Isn't an Option – Depictions of work/family conflict have documented the tribulations of America's professional workers for decades, but a new study shows that the working class suffers severe punishments when choosing family over work.

2000 - 2005

June 14, 2004 — "NASCAR Dads" Increasingly Face Work/Life Conflict — Working class fathers risk pay loss, disciplinary action, and even dismissal when they choose family responsibilities over work.

April 14, 2004 — Ruling Charts New Ground for Maternal Discrimination Cases — Court Says Employers Can't Assume Moms Are Uncommitted

December 10, 2003 — Avoiding Notorious Long Hours To Be Less Than Certain, New Study Shows

October 24, 2003 — AU Law Program on Gender, Work & Family Changes Name to Program on Work Life Law, Hires Cornell Sociologist

August 23, 2002 — HELP WANTED: Unlimited Potential for Advancement: Moms Need Not Apply — AU Law Program on Gender Work and Family Report Shows More Parents Suing Employers for Discrimination

March 19, 2002 — You Cannot Have Three Kids Under Four, Be a Beaver Cleaver Mom and Be Governor of Massachusetts, Says AU Law Work-Family Expert

February 8, 2002 — Senators Kennedy and Collins Sponsor Work-Family Summit to Help Families Balance Work and Family, February 12

February 18, 2000 — Women, Men Should Not Have to Sacrifice Their Families on the Altar of the Career Gods: AU Washington College of Law Professor Authors New View of Work vs. Family Debate