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July/August 2013
Reflections on Work & Life
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Executive Director Brad Harrington 
When it comes to sports in the States, America's "National Pastime" is still considered to be baseball. While American football may have surpassed it in popularity, baseball continues to be seen as the quintessentially American sport. It is the stuff of legends like Babe Ruth and Ted Williams and the game that captures the imagination of the masses, from intellectuals to the "average Joe."  Read more on Huffington Post

CWF News & Notes 

The New Dad: A Work (and Life) in Progress
For Father's Day 2013, the Center released our latest report on fathers entitled The New Dad: A Work & Life in Progress.  A new website  reviews our research, shares recommendations for fathers and employers. Please visit, review, and share! Related press: Study: Many Dads Don't Get Paid Paternity Leave (video), Modern fathers face new expectationsThe State of Men, Men Want Work-Family BalanceDads want to have it all, too, In Defense of Dads.  

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Executive Director Brad Harrington recognized for teaching at Boston College
Prof. Brad Harrington was recently honored with the 2013 Reverend John R. Trzaska, S.J. Award which is given to the faculty member who expanded the horizons, skills, and value systems of Boston College students by providing support and guidance outside of the classroom.  Video

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Work-Life Solutions for Summer 

Danielle Hartmann, BCCWF Director of Corporate Partnerships, shared several work-life solutions for summer with Fox 25 News as part of our Work-Life Wednesday series. For a tip sheet on The importance of taking a "work-free" vacation, articles, resources and additional informative videos, please visit our Work-Life Wednesday page.

Kanter logo Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award Finalists Announced
The Center for Families at Purdue University and the Boston College Center for Work & Family announce the finalists for the 2013 Rosabeth Moss Kanter Awards for Excellence in Work-Family Research. The winner will be recognized at the Boston College National Workforce Roundtable, October 2-4, 2013 in Boston. Many thanks to the scholars and our own corporate reviewers who take on the challenging task of selecting the winner. Stay tuned!

Boston in Autumn: Upcoming BCCWF Events
This October, Boston will truly be the "hub" of BCCWF activities. We will be hosting exciting events for our Global Workforce Roundtable, National Workforce Roundtable and our New England Work & Family Association (NEWFA). For additional information on the Center's Corporate Partnerships, please click here.

Articles & Resources
Prince William Prince William brings attention to fatherhood and paternity leave
Congratulations to the new royal parents and many thanks to Prince William for setting a precedent for other men by taking his two weeks of paternity leave. Many news outlets covered this topic and referenced the BCCWF research on The New Dad: NBC NewsBusiness Insider, ForbesYahoo Shine For more information on our research, visit and join the conversation!

Work-Life Balance goes abroad
Danielle Hartmann contributed to this article by HSBC Global Connections which explores the challenges of global implementation of work-life policies.

Closing the Gap - A Road Map for Achieving Gender Pay Equity in Law Firm Partner Compensation
Executive-in-Residence Lauren Stiller Rikleen authored this comprehensive American Bar Association report examining the gender pay gap and offering recommendations for achieving pay parity in the law profession. Many of the excellent suggestions would apply in business settings as well.

New Research: Flexibility Versus Face Time
Catalyst recently surveyed 726 high potential employees (MBA graduates around the world across industries) about their experiences with, and perceptions of, flexible working arrangements.  Women and men use flexible working to the same extent - but men usually choose options with more face time.

The Top 25 Companies For Work-Life Balance, a social jobs and careers community where people share information and opinions about the places they work, just released its third-annual list of the Top 25 Companies for Work-Life Balance. The report is based entirely on feedback shared by employees within the past year.

Regus Work:Life Balance Survey Report, 2013
The Regus Work:Life Balance Index analysed the opinions of more than 26,000 business managers and business owners from over 90 countries.

Does Telecommuting Make Women More Ambitious?
US News and World Report explores a study that finds if a workplace doesn't have flexible hours and telecommuting options, women in particular start leaning back. The article surmises that the advancement of women in many workplaces may depend on telecommuting.

State, Local Policies Make Important Steps Forward for Workplace Flexibility
The state of Vermont passed the country's first law gives workers the "right to request" a flexible work schedule. San Francisco Board of Supervisors introduced a ballot measure for rules that would give workers who are caregivers a "right to request" flex work. Related: RI Paid Parental Leave Law

Keeping Up with the Times: Supporting Family Caregivers with Workplace Leave Policies
An AARP report highlights the necessity for public policies to address the needs of an increasing number of working caregivers. The report found that more than 60 percent of workers aged 45-74 years old have caregiving responsibilities for an aging or other adult relative.
China's young warm to the west's work-life balance
Caught in a sandwich generation between toddler offspring and retired parents - and with no siblings to help - many young Chinese workers are seeking greater work-life balance. Top Chinese talent are starting to demand no work over weekends, gym memberships, flexible hours, and remote working.

The Employment Relations (Flexible Working Arrangements) Amendment Act (New Zealand) 
This Act gives employees with caring responsibilities a statutory right to request flexible work. The Act has changed the way some employees and employers make and respond to requests for flexible working arrangements. A range of factsheets, templates, and checklists are available.

Work life in 2013 is a lot like it was 1960s Canada
The National Household Survey on labour, education and work-related transportation - by Statistics Canada - reveals some encouraging trends, especially in educational attainment by women. But in the main, the world of work today bears a striking resemblance to the world of work half a century ago.
Families And Societies project launched
This project, funded by the EU will explore changing families and sustainable societies.  A team of researchers, policymakers, and other stakeholders will explore cross-cutting issues such as gender, culture (ethnic/cultural identities, sexual orientation), socioeconomic resources, generation/life stages.