May 11, 1994
Seven gubernatorial candidates squared off last night on a host of family issues that ranged from welfare reform to spanking school children, but offered few specific remedies.The candidates, both Democrats and Republicans, wrestled with the complex issues of government's role in protecting and providing for children and families, and spurring the state economy with the hope of more and better-paying jobs.The two-hour forum at the University of Maryland Baltimore County was sponsored by the MarylandCommittee for Children Inc., a pri vate, nonprofit advocacy group.
July 10, 2013
Harford County will launch a new monthly program July 19 offering free car-seat inspections for parents who want to make sure theirs are installed correctly. Other regions, including Baltimore, already offer similar inspections. Roughly three quarters of all Maryland car seats inspected last year were either improperly installed or the wrong size for the children using them, according to Harford County police. It's a frightening figure given that car crashes are the main cause of accidental death and injury for U.S. children.
November 30, 1997
Family issues: Helping employees balance the demands of work and family is a bigger concern for small-business owners than it is for top executives of the nation's largest companies, reports KeyCorp, the banking company. In a recent survey, 58 percent of small business owners said work-family issues were a major part of the culture in their companies. That compares with 28 percent of executives at Fortune 1000 firms in 1995 who said these issues were a major part of their business culture.
May 9, 2012
In my household, we're in search of the new normal, whatever that is. The past year has been one of transition, upheaval, limbo … but that's coming to an end now, at least we hope so. Last spring, my husband's Marine Corps Reserve unit mobilized to deploy to Afghanistan. Between April and August, he was in and out of training, some in D.C., some in Quantico, nearly a month in California. Then in August, he left for seven months in Afghanistan, leaving me to solo parent our 3-year-old son. In late December, I went on maternity leave and had our second son at the end of the year.
May 25, 1992
Family concerns are going largely unaddressed by Maryland employers, respondents to The Sun's work-family survey said last week."Companies don't care about family needs. They think family problems are your personal problems and you should take care of them on your own time," complained one woman caller, who was typical of many who answered the four-day Sundial telephone survey last week."My employer's attitude on child care and other family-related issues seems to be entirely dependent on how high up in the organization you are," another caller said.
May 12, 1996
The human side: While companies are making great strides when it comes to financially compensating employees who are relocated, they aren't giving enough consideration to the transferees' personal needs, according to Ken Groh of William M. Mercer Inc. in Chicago. Groh says family issues and not money are the biggest problems facing relocating employees. Among them: finding a new job for the worker's spouse, overcoming resistance from the worker's children, moving elderly parents and baby-sitting for younger children.