New moms want a job break
In today's Miami Herald, I wrote two articles on new trends discovered by researchers at the Bureau of Labor Statistics. My front page article addressed the fact that married Hispanic new moms are dropping out of the workforce in greater numbers than other ethnicities. Why? Some say it's their culture, which puts a big value on family. But the decision to stay home and the decision when to return to work may also have a lot to do with whether Hispanic women have family members here in the United States to help them care for their child when they return to work (many can't afford day care and don't feel its an acceptable solution.
My Balancing Act column addressed the fact that we are starting to see a change of attitude in workplaces. Clearly, not all employers are enlightened. Many don't realize that mothers need flexibility and if their employers can't accommodate them, those who can afford it will quit. Or find other work. If you have a story to tell on this subject, let me hear it.