Awardee Spotlight: UNM Medical Group

Felicia MontoyaBlog

Awardee Spotlight UNM Medical Group Family Friendly New Mexico is featuring award recipients that really stand out from the crowd. In January 2023, we interviewed Helen Villarreal Nielsen, Executive Director of Human Resources at UNM Medical Group and celebrate their efforts in creating a family friendly workplace! Our employees can’t focus on the needs of their patients if they are concerned about their own families. We provide an environment where our employees have opportunities to take care of themselves and their families.Helen Villarreal Nielsen Why have you decided to have family friendly workplace policies? UNMMG is focused on providing the … Read More

Providing Time Off To Team Members For Community Involvement

Felicia MontoyaBlog

Written by: Laura Smith, Marketing Assistant/Communications Editor with Albuquerque Plumbing Heating & Cooling, a Platinum level awardee. Community has become increasingly important over the last few years, with businesses and neighbors reaching out and leaning on each other in their times of need. People have come together in some of the most amazing ways, and they continue to do so every day. Some people choose to be involved in their community on their own, and others do it with team members from their place of employment. Many businesses are looking for ways to give back to their communities, and they … Read More

Supporting Maternal and Child Health

Angelica ArchuletaBlog

Today we welcome Monica Esparza, the Executive Director at New Mexico Breastfeeding Task Force, a Silver level NM Family Friendly Business Award® recipient and valued partner and resource to the business community in our state. We continue the important conversation around Employer Supported Maternal and Child Health! Why it Matters Workplace health and wellness is increasingly generating more interest and support with every passing year. It is not surprising that employers are seeing the value in ensuring that employees stay healthy and productive while also lowering healthcare costs. As more and more women enter the workforce, maternal and infant care … Read More

Awardee Spotlight: Flyby Provisions

Felicia MontoyaBlog

Awardee Spotlight Flyby Provisions Family Friendly New Mexico is featuring award recipients that really stand out from the crowd. In August 2022, we interviewed Gina Riccobono, owner of Flyby Provisions and celebrate their efforts in creating a family friendly workplace! We believe that owning a sustainable business means acknowledging the needs of the people who work for the company.Gina Riccobono Why have you decided to have family friendly workplace policies? Family Friendly workplace policies embody everything Flyby Provisions believes and stands for when it comes to building a business and taking care of our employees. We believe that owning a … Read More

Making Motherhood Work: Interview with Dr. Caitlyn Collins

Felicia MontoyaBlog

Today we feature Giovanna Rossi’s interview with Dr. Caitlyn Collins, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Washington University on the Well Woman Show, which aired on National Public Radio on May 13, 2022. In this interview, Dr. Collins talks about her award winning book, Making Motherhood Work: How Women Manage Careers and Caregiving. The book is a cross-national interview study of 135 working mothers in Sweden, Germany, Italy, and the United States, about the experiences of working mothers in different countries, trying to get a sense for how they navigate employment and motherhood in places with very different policies and cultural … Read More

Family Friendly Workplaces Include Access to Reproductive Health Supports

Felicia MontoyaBlog

Recognizing and supporting employers to adopt and implement family friendly policies so that businesses, employees and their families thrive also means recognizing that we are committed to access for all employees to comprehensive reproductive healthcare. This is an integral part of “Health Support”, category two in our list of family friendly workplace policies. We champion efforts employers make at implementing policies that are family friendly. Since our work began we have taken action, offering resources and support as employers look at how policies impact employees’ ability to experience full participation in the workplace. Our work providing resources and support to … Read More

Employer Supported Child Care

Felicia MontoyaBlog

If there’s anything we’ve learned over the past few years, it’s the importance of family. When we were staying home to stay healthy, that time allowed us to reconnect with our families and re-evaluate what really matters. This also gave many employers a chance to analyze how they could offer additional support to their team members and their families. Many employers had to wrestle with whether to stay completely remote, requesting their team to return to the office full time, or to allow a hybrid environment. For those who leaned more towards the hybrid option, they also had to consider … Read More

Awardee Spotlight: Businesses offering child/dependent care benefits

Felicia MontoyaBlog

Our Business Spotlight this quarter recognizes employers for making childcare a business issue and not just a family issue. These companies realize that when they offer subsidized or on-site childcare, it’s a win for everyone. Employer based childcare supports increased engagement, productivity, loyalty, flexibility, and retention. There continues to be a growing number of mothers, and more fathers, that need more support in order to return to the workforce. We congratulate these businesses for having subsidized or on-site childcare showing employees and jobseekers that families are a priority. At Family Friendly New Mexico, we are focused on providing resources to … Read More

Family Friendly New Mexico 2021 Reflection

Giovanna RossiBlog

As we wind down our work activity and begin to focus on family and celebrating the holidays, I want to reflect on all that we’ve created and contributed this year. We began the year with hope and a glimpse of a future without COVID. And we end the year with a renewed commitment to workplaces that work for families. We’ve never been clearer about our vision for families and their children to thrive, and we are so grateful to the businesses and leaders who contribute to this vision. The pandemic brought many lessons that continue to inform our work and … Read More

Overview of the Healthy Workplaces Act

Julianna SilvaBlog

The New Mexico Healthy Workplaces Act (HWA) is a Bill that was signed into law in April 2021 that requires private employers in New Mexico with at least one employee to provide paid sick leave to employees. It goes into effect on July 1, 2022. Overview of the HWA The law requires that employers provide employees working in the state – including part-time, seasonal or temporary workers — at least one hour of earned sick leave for every 30 hours worked, up to a maximum of 64 leave hours per year. According to the bill, the new law will “ensure … Read More