Meetings & Conventions: Short Cuts September
Short Cuts:Who will pay when Dad's away?
You've lobbied for flex time and other benefits. What else can
you get from the higher-ups or offer to your staff in this tight
job market? How about child-care payments for those who travel for
It may sound too good to be true, but in offices like
Minneapolis-based American Express Financial Advisors, employees
who travel are reimbursed for 100 percent of qualifying child-care
Sonja Christensen, work/life specialist for the company, says
the policy arose from employees' asking for help and leaders' being
able to support it.
The office has other attractive programs, including emergency
backup care. "If one out-of-town parent can't pick the child up, we
reimburse 75 percent of the cost of keeping the child in day care
until the other parent can get her," says Christensen.
"Anything we're reimbursing them for, though, is taxable income
for them," she adds.
SARAH J.F. BRALEY
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