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Back to School Issues

Author: Beth P. Zoller, XpertHR Legal Editor

With the end of summer, many children will be heading back to school, and many parents will be facing renewed responsibilities with regard to balancing schedules, homework, carpooling and school-related activities. Working parents often are confronted with the need to take time off to care for sick kids, attend teacher conferences and participate in other school activities. It is important for an employer to understand the challenges working parents face in balancing work, school and families, and the best practices for handling these issues in order to make the workplace more productive and efficient as well as avoid any legal issues.

The following are key issues an employer should consider during the back to school season to effectively manage employees and assist them in balancing work and family responsibilities.