New Workplace Options Service Helps Employees Find Backup Childcare

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Each year, 80% of all employees need to work shortened workdays because their child care or elder care arrangements fall through -- hurting productivity and costing employers billions of dollars per year. Workplace Options, the largest provider of work-life employee benefits in America, is tackling this issue by adding a new back-up care solution to their comprehensive work-life benefits portfolio.

Each year, 80% of all employees need to work shortened workdays because their child care or elder care arrangements fall through -- hurting productivity and costing employers billions of dollars per year. Workplace Options, the largest provider of work-life employee benefits in America, is tackling this issue by adding a new back-up care solution to their comprehensive work-life benefits portfolio.

The new Back-Up Care Locator will allow Workplace Options’ customers to access the nation's largest online database for child care centers, adult day care centers, family day care homes and agencies that provide backup care. The database contains information from over 20,000 providers in the United States who provide care on a contingency or emergency basis. Eligible customers will be able to immediately locate qualified backup providers by searching the locator on Workplace Options’ user website. Employees can enter their address or zip code to find potential back-up care providers close to their home or office. The new backup childcare locator will be available June 1, 2006.

"The premise is quite simple," explains Alan King, president of WPO. "For example, if a regular caregiver must go out of town for a few days, accessing the database will provide information on alternative centers and homes, as well as in-home agencies that can come to the home for short periods of time."

Workplace Options offers a series of programs designed to work alone or integrate seamlessly with an employer’s existing benefits program. These referral and assistance programs enable employees to deal with life's most challenging and life changing issues -- from pregnancy to geriatric care -- as well as day-to-day demands, such as where to go for pet services, travel, legal services, dining and nightlife. LiveConnect features and 24/7 phone coverage make the services friendly and convenient. Backup care providers are continuously updated by the WPO call center staff.

About Workplace Options

Workplace Options (WPO) is America's largest provider of work-life services and software that help EAPs and other third-parties run their business more profitably and efficiently. Founded in 1982 and servicing nearly 15 million employees and their families, WPO is recognized for its innovative web delivery capabilities, flexibility and affordable pricing models.

This press release was distributed through eMediawire by Human Resources Marketer (HR Marketer: http://www.HRmarketer.com) on behalf of the company listed above.

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