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File #: 2018-0174    Version:
Type: Motion Status: Passed
File created: 3/26/2018 In control: Committee of the Whole
On agenda: Final action: 4/30/2018
Enactment date: Enactment #: 15133
Title: A MOTION requesting a plan to implement an infants at work pilot program for eligible King County employees and their infants.
Sponsors: Rod Dembowski, Jeanne Kohl-Welles
Attachments: 1. Motion 15133.pdf, 2. 2018-0174_SR_InfantsatWork.docx, 3. 2018-0174_DOH Tips from Parents Who Have Participated in IAW.docx, 4. 2018-0174_Infants at Work.pptx, 5. 2018-0174_Infants at Work w-Notes.pptx, 6. 15133 Amendment 4-30-18.pdf
Staff: Porter, Samantha
Drafter
Clerk 03/21/2018
Title
A MOTION requesting a plan to implement an infants at work pilot program for eligible King County employees and their infants.
Body
WHEREAS, in 2015, the Washington state Department of Health implemented an "Infants at Work Policy" based on the long-term health value of breastfeeding newborns and bonding, and
WHEREAS, the state Department of Health program allows eligible parents or guardians to bring their infants age six weeks to six months to work, and
WHEREAS, the Parenting in the Workplace Institute reports that key benefits of "Infants at Work" programs are that new parents have the option to return to work earlier which decreases their childcare costs, contributing to increased financial stability for employees, and
WHEREAS, providing creative parental supports like "Infants at Work" programs can increase employee loyalty, thereby reducing employee turnover, which has been estimated to cost twenty-one percent of each employee's annual salary, and
WHEREAS, a program to allow babies in the workplace would create increased opportunity to breastfeed which has been proven by the World Health Organization to reduce infant mortality and accelerate recovery during illnesses that could put the employee out on sick leave to care for their infant, and
WHEREAS, according to the Parenting in the Workplace Institute, more than two thousand one hundred babies in more than two hundred organizations have been successfully brought to work in office-based, cubicle-based, open-plan environments, and
WHEREAS, in 2017, the National Association of Insurance Commissioners marked twenty years of its "Infants in the Workplace" program during which they have been recognized for excellence in work-life balance, and
WHEREAS, establishing an infants-at-work policy will further King County's commitment to being an employer of choice and assist in continuing to recruit and retain a diverse and excellent workforce to better serve the people of Kin...

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