NCRW Summary of White House Workplace Flexibility Forum

March 31, 2010: Government officials, labor organizers, private sector leaders, and top researchers gathered this afternoon at the White House for a special forum on workplace flexibility. Breakout sessions on best practices for implementing flexible work options were bookended by appearances by the Obamas. For those of us unable to attend in person, the White House live-streamed the opening and closing sessions on its website.

As Valerie Jarrett, Chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls, said in her opening remarks, the presence of Michelle and Barack Obama at today’s forum sends a message on the importance of workplace flexibility. The forum’s purpose was to look at what works and what does not work in flexible work option policies in the public sector. The White House encourages the private sector to follow suit.