It’s not always fair, but it’s right (Editorial)

By John Hobel
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 08/29/2003

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t takes a village to raise a child. Modern families rarely have that support. For many parents, a family-friendly workplace is the closest they’ll come to societal support. Canadian firms are slowly waking up to this, offering flex work schedules to accommodate family needs and tailoring benefits to personal circumstances.

But for some staff without children or elder-care commitments, co-workers with kids are getting special treatment that results in workplace inequity. Not only does the organization spend more on benefits for staff with families, these people are getting to come in late or leave early to meet family needs. Childless workers are the ones who end up staying late to make sure schedules are met. It’s not fair.