April 17: New Work-Family Balance Certification Available
The Québec government launched a corporate certification program on work-family balance for all businesses regardless of size. Companies can use the certification symbol of the Bureau de Normalisation du Québec (“BNQ”) to promote their certification. To get one of four levels of certification, employers must establish a work-family balance committee, provide training and prepare documents spelling out the measures of work-family balance and commitment of management. The BNQ’s information pamphlet contains several examples of measures that companies can take, such as offering child care in the workplace, granting of additional leave for family reasons and using a compressed work week. See, www.bnq.qc.ca.