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Mayor and Council kick off initiative to make workplaces more family-friendly

Thursday, May 16, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

Mayor Steve Adler and Council Member Natasha Harper-Madison joined more than two dozen businesses Wednesday in promoting a new effort to make Austin workplaces more family-friendly. The Family-Friendly Workforce Initiative kickoff at City Hall was held to encourage Austin businesses to look for ways to change their policies to be more accessible for employees with children under the age of 5. The nonprofit Early Matters Greater Austin has created a toolkit to make it easier for employers to make their workplace more family-friendly. The Austin Chamber is among the organizations that has endorsed the toolkit, in part because more than 26 percent of full-time employees in Austin have young children and 83 percent of millennials say they would leave their current job for a new employer with more family-friendly programs and benefits.

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