The Work-Family Dilemma: A Better Balance

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Policy Solutions for All New Yorkers

Recognizing the need for a forum to discuss work-family issues that focused on issues across the economic spectrum, A Better Balance: The Work and Family Legal Center and The Barnard Center for Research on Women, along with the Center for WorkLife Law at the University of California at Hastings, and the Barnard College Center for Toddler Development, planned a summit bringing together leaders and experts (those who have studied these issues and those who advocate for better policies) and the actual stakeholders (labor, business and elected officials in New York City). Fifty participants attended a day-long roundtable discussion with a keynote by Betsy Gotbaum, Public Advocate for New York City. From this summit emerged a consensus around the need for a comprehensive work-family policy advocacy agenda for New York City. The report is based on discussions from the summit.

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