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Back-to-School Support for Working Parents

Summer break is slowly winding down, meaning it’s back-to-school time for most students. For some working parents, this is a welcomed transition. For others, it means a more hectic schedule and ensuring kids get to the right place at the right time.

Not all employers are willing to be flexible with their employees if they have kids returning to school — and they technically don’t have to. Employees are hired to perform a job. However, this doesn’t mean employers can’t find ways to give their employees grace during this transitional time.

Below are examples of ways employees can receive support as their child or children return to school.

Ask About Flexible Working Hours

This is easier for some employers to accommodate than others. Employees who believe their employer is understanding should ask their supervisor about the opportunity for flexible working hours. This may only need to be on certain days or occasional days. The biggest takeaway for employees is to be honest with their employer if they struggle to juggle school and work schedules.

Empowering Employees to Take Ownership of Their Time-Keeping

Not all employees have to clock in and out of their job. If this is the case for working parents, they should have a conversation with their company about being able to track their hours. That way, if employees know they have several obligations one day versus the next, they can work more than a typical day’s worth of work one day and not as much the other. The goal is that employees shouldn't feel guilty for making time for their children's activities as long as the hours are equal to 40 (or the required number of hours) per week.

Bringing Kids to Work

Again, this is not an option available to all employees. However, if childcare isn’t possible for an entire shift, or there is a separate office space where a child can stay safe and be supervised while a parent works, then a parent can ask if their employer would be OK with the child or children coming to the office. Employees should be confident when asking this question and know whether the environment would be suitable for a child to be in. If an employee comes prepared with how this option could work, an employer may be more open to the idea.

Did Your Employer Target You Because of Your Children?

Many working adults are also parents. While employers do not always have to make the accommodations above for their employees, they also can not discriminate against someone because they are a working parent.

Discrimination can come in many forms, such as against someone expecting a child, on family leave, or for another reason. Learn more about your options if you were discriminated against and reach out to the attorneys at Kennard Law, P.C.. You don’t need any more stress in your life — contact us online or by phone to see how we can help you.

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