Cornell University Named 'Best Employer' for Working Mothers

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University earns award for fourth consecutive year.

The Working Mother 100 Best Companies stand head and shoulders above the rest

Cornell University is among the 100 best employers for mothers in the workforce, according to Working Mother magazine. The University is among the 2009 Working Mother 100 Best Companies in recognition of its family-friendly policies for employees. This is the fourth consecutive year that Working Mother listed Cornell as a "best employer."

"Cornell has an ongoing commitment to understanding and responding to the needs of our talented faculty and staff. This has been more challenging in the current financial climate, but we continue our efforts because their talents are needed now more than ever," said Mary Opperman, vice president for human resources. "Cornell's employees have access to a wide range of benefits that respond to the needs of families, including generous parental leave policies, family-care days, flextime, expanded on-site child care and financial support for child care."

Working Mother noted that Cornell and other "100 Best" employers defied the economic pressures of a record recession and not only maintained, but continued to improve, key employee benefit programs.

"The Working Mother 100 Best Companies stand head and shoulders above the rest," said Carol Evans, CEO of Working Mother Media. "For example, in the last year, we saw the number of companies nationwide offering flexible work arrangements diminish five percentage points, while the 100 Best Companies stayed steady at 100 percent. The 100 Best provide leadership where and when we need it most, furnishing a framework of support for working families during good times and bad."

Recognition from Working Mother is one of many accolades that Cornell has received for its human resource policies: AARP named Cornell as the top U.S. employer for workers aged 50 and older for 2009. Cornell has also earned awards that recognize its human resource policies toward adoptive parents; LGBT faculty, students and staff; prospective parents and veterans.

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