The Unbending Need for Flexibility

Social researcher Ann Bookman says business owners hurt their bottom lines by ignoring and opposing creative leave policies for their employees

Ann Bookman is the executive director of the MIT Workplace Center at Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Sloan School of Management. A decade ago, President Clinton appointed Bookman to direct the bipartisan congressional commission charged with studying the impact of the Family & Medical Leave Act. She continues to study leave policies, including California's Family Rights Act, which went into effect last summer and makes workers eligible for six weeks of partially paid family leave. The leaves will be funded by an employee payroll deduction, expected to average $27 per worker per year.

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