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U.S. House of Representatives Passes Resolution Declaring October as National Work and Family Month

September 30, 2008 – Washington, D.C. – On September 27, the U.S. House of Representatives passed House Resolution 1440 declaring October as “National Work and Family Month.” Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) and Rep. Todd Platts (R-PA) co-sponsored the resolution, along with 20 other members of the House.

“On behalf of working families all across America, we are thrilled that the bill was passed by the House of Representatives,” said Cara Welch, public policy director for WorldatWork. “This shows that our legislators recognize the importance of this issue for all Americans, especially in this stressful economic climate.”

The new endorsement by Congress coincides with the fifth anniversary of this national initiative. “Over the past five years, work-life has demonstrated its value as a key business strategy. We encourage everyone who works – employers and employees – to use this annual opportunity to take stock of where they are on their journey toward work-life effectiveness,” said Kathie Lingle, executive director of Alliance for Work-Life Progress at WorldatWork. “As a first step, I encourage organizations to take the “Work-Life Effectiveness Self-Audit,” a simple assessment tool to help focus an organization's work-life programs to support employee productivity and engagement.” A copy of the Work-Life Effectiveness Self-Audit is available to the public by visiting

For ideas on how to celebrate National Work & Family Month, visit

About Alliance for Work-Life Progress®
Alliance for Work-Life Progress ( is dedicated to advancing work-life as a business strategy integrating work, family and community. An entity of WorldatWork, AWLP defines and recognizes innovation and best practices, facilitates dialogue among various sectors and promotes work-life thought leadership.

About WorldatWork®

The Total Rewards Association

WorldatWork ( is a nonprofit human resources association for professionals and organizations focused on compensation, benefits, work-life effectiveness and total rewards — strategies to attract, motivate and retain an engaged and productive workforce. WorldatWork and its affiliates provide comprehensive education, certification, research, advocacy and community, enhancing careers of professionals and, ultimately, achieving better results for the organizations they serve. WorldatWork has more than 70,000 members and subscribers worldwide; 95 percent of Fortune 500 companies employ a WorldatWork member. Founded in 1955, WorldatWork is affiliated with more than 70 local human resources associations and has offices in Scottsdale, Ariz., and Washington, D.C.