March of Dimes Joins Prestigious 2009 Working Mother 100 Best Companies List

September 22, 2009

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Sept. 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The March of Dimes, an organization focused on improving the health of babies, was the only national nonprofit advocacy organization named to the 2009 Working Mother 100 Best Companies list.

“Our mission is healthy pregnancies and healthy babies, and our benefits and policies are designed to give our employees the best chance for a healthy baby,” said Dr. Jennifer L. Howse, president of the March of Dimes. “The fact that a nonprofit with limited resources can make this list shows that any company truly dedicated to supporting mothers, families and healthy childbearing can make a difference for its employees.”

The March of Dimes offers a no-cost worksite wellness program called Healthy Babies, Healthy Business(R). The print and online-based material helps educate women about how to prepare for pregnancy and reduce their risk of premature birth. It also helps businesses control childbearing expenses, often the largest expense in a health care plan.

Now in its 24th year, the Working Mother 100 Best Companies program draws attention to the significant contributions working mothers make to industries and the companies that recognize the importance of tapping this essential labor pool. Profiles of the 100 Best Companies, as well as national comparisons, are in the October issue of Working Mother and at workingmother.com.

“The Working Mother 100 Best Companies stand head and shoulders above the rest,” said Carol Evans, CEO, Working Mother Media. “For example, in the last year, we saw the number of companies nationwide offering flexible work arrangements diminish five percentage points, while the 100 Best Companies stayed steady at 100 percent. The 100 Best provide leadership where and when we need it most, furnishing a framework of support for working families during good times and bad. If all companies adopted these best practices, more families could weather the economic storm,” she added.

Among the benefits the March of Dimes offers are:

  • 100% Medical Coverage for all maternity and childbirth expenses; no-cost well-child care through the age of 18; no-cost annual physicals for adults
  • Salary Continuation Plan for short-term disability
  • Sick Pay of 10 days per year, which can be used for child/dependent illness
  • Mothers at Work Program prenatal kits; breast pumps, and lactation services
  • Adoption Benefit of $5,000
  • Flex-time, part-time and compressed work weeks
  • Work from home and telecommuting
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Immediate Medical Coverage on the first day of employment for expectant moms or the significant others of expectant moms
  • Six Weeks of Guaranteed Paid Time Off for New Moms
  • Paid Time Off (1 week) provided to New Dads/Significant Others for the birth of a child and an additional paid week off if their newborn requires a NICU
  • Paid Time Off (1 week) for Adoption or Foster Care Placement of a Child
  • Extended Parental Leave of Absence, up to six months of unpaid leave for a birth, adoption or foster care placement. Expectant moms may request two weeks of this leave prior to the delivery date, even if it isn’t medically indicated.

Methodology: Companies were selected for the 2009 Working Mother 100 Best Companies based on an extensive application with more than 500 questions on workforce, compensation, child care, flexibility programs, leave policies and more. It also surveys the usage, availability and tracking of programs, as well as the accountability of managers who oversee them. Seven areas were measured and scored: workforce profile, benefits, women’s issues and advancement, child care, flexible work, parental leave and company culture. For this year’s 100 Best, particular weight was given to benefits, flexibility and parental leave.

Celebrating 30 years, Working Mother magazine reaches 2 million readers and is the only national magazine for career-committed mothers, while workingmother.com brings to the Web a broad range of insight and solutions served to working mothers every day. Working Mother’s 24-year signature research initiative, Working Mother 100 Best Companies, is the most important benchmark for work-life practices in corporate America. With offices in New York and Washington, D.C., Working Mother Media, a division of Bonnier Corp., includes the National Association for Female Executives, Diversity Best Practices, the WorkLife Congress and the Multicultural Women’s Conference and Town Halls. Working Mother Media’s mission is to champion cultural change.

The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide, the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.com or nacersano.org.

SOURCE March of Dimes

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