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Principles for Family-Supportive Policies

Principles for Family-Supportive Policies

Practical policy-making is always complicated but the cause of public justice, we believe, is advanced when lawmakers and citizens name and work toward clear, core principles. Here are CPJ’s.

Paid family leave and other family-supportive policies help dignify work and protect family time. Employers and policy-makers should consider the following principles when crafting workplace and public policies.

Motivating principles

HEALTHY FAMILIES – Families are the foundation of healthy communities and societies

DIGNITY OF WORK – All work has inherent dignity

Applied Principles

DIGNITY OF ALL WORKERS – God intends each person to reflect the Imago Dei through work. Time for family care should not be a privilege for a few but a pervasive practice that reflects the dignity of all workers.

HONORINGCAREGIVING – Family caregiving – whether for a new child or an ailing or aging family member – is worthy work that should be recognized and supported.

PRACTICAL SUPPORT – Assistance to workers should effectively empower all families to care for each other well.

ADDRESS SYSTEM CHALLENGES – Policies should address the unique barriers for households with
low-income who do not have the advantage of family wealth.

SUPPORT ECONOMIC VITALITY -Policies should support healthy businesses, nonprofits, and

faith-based organizations.

FINANCIAL STEWARDSHIP – Policies should steward well both resources provided and costs
allocated for family-supportive policies and practices.

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