Employers try to plan for fall as future of schools, child-care remain uncertain

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Posted at 8:47 AM, Jul 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-28 11:47:03-04

Employers are trying to plan for the fall as the future of schools and child-care remains uncertain. The Society for Human Resource Management looked into how companies are preparing.

Some are allowing telework to continue full time. Some are offering flexible work schedules. That means parents can have off or tele-work certain days if kids are partially learning from home. A small number of employers want to allow parents to bring their kids to work. Others are considering subsidies for child care.

"I think employers are still trying to figure it out and again the schools are still trying to figure out and so this is an evolving process. It's going to be changing and I just foresee that many employers are going to be doing things as far as making accommodations that maybe they hadn't made previously," explained Amber Clayton, Knowledge Center director at SHRM

Forty-five-percent of organizations have not announced a date to return to the workplace.

If you're concerned about your employer's plan the SHRM says you should have the conversations sooner rather than later. Even if your kids' school hasn't said for sure what it's doing this fall talk about what your work options might be.