Monday, October 1st, 2012
Serious Child Abuse Injuries Creep Up, Study Shows
A new Yale School of Medicine study shows that cases of serious physical abuse in children, such as head injuries, burns, and fractures, increased slightly by about 5% in the last 12 years. (via Science Daily)
Background TV a Threat to U.S. Kids, Researchers Say
That clamor in the background? It’s probably the TV, and it might be taking a toll on your toddler’s development, researchers say. (via Reuters)
Gene That Causes a Form of Deafness Discovered
Researchers at the University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center have found a new genetic mutation responsible for deafness and hearing loss associated with Usher syndrome type 1. (via Science Daily)
Pregnancy Discrimination In The Workplace Target Of New EEOC Crackdown
During the past week, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has filed four pregnancy discrimination related lawsuits and settled a fifth — just weeks after the government’s workplace discrimination law enforcement arm announced a plan to target employers who illegally discriminate against pregnant women. (via Huffington Post)
Junk Food Advertising Undermines Children’s Health, Study Says
Advertising of junk food continues to undermine children’s health despite the food industry’s promises that they would restrict their marketing activities, according to a new report. (via Medical News Today)
Tuesday, December 21st, 2010
Mothers who want to breastfeed their children at work find that office spaces are rarely conducive to privacy and support. To make it easier for mothers to transition back to the workplace while maintaining a bond with their babies, the White House Council on Women and Girls announced yesterday that new efforts will be made to support the Affordable Care Act.
Signed by President Obama on March 23, 2010, the Affordable Care Act requires that employers provide a private place (other than a bathroom) and a reasonable break time for new moms who need to express milk and nurse their babies for up to one year.
Under the new amendment, the Wage and Hour Division at the Department of Labor will be improving on three things to enforce the ACA:
1- Releasing a Frequently Asked Questions document and a Request for Information. The former will provide guidelines on how companies can comply with the law while the latter will allow for public comment on the law.
2- Delegating responsibility to the Director of the Office of Personnel Management to make sure federal agencies are enforcing the Affordable Care Act in companies.
3- Providing a new online breastfeeding resource that will help nursing mothers understand the new amendments to the Affordable Care Act. Visit www.dol.gov/whd/nursingmothers/
The White House would like to encourage companies to support breastfeeding moms because the benefits of breastfeeding include increased workplace productivity, increased company brand reputation and recruitment, increased health benefits for mom and baby (reduced risk of infection, breast cancer, obesity, diabetes, etc.), decreased absenteeism and employee turnover, and increased cost savings on company healthcare.
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