Employer-Sponsored Child Care

September 9, 2015 | Healthcare Risk, Quality, & Safety Guidance

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Many employers recognize that a lack of adequate child care can have a negative impact on workforce retention, recruitment, attendance, and productivity. To counteract these losses, many employers are offering in-house or subsidized child care services. However, the potential liabilities associated with offering these services can be significant, and critics of employer-sponsored child care state that it is costly, difficult to administer, and a potential hotbed of liability. Nevertheless, the increase in employee loyalty and productivity is significant enough to cause any organization large enough to support such a program to examine its potential thoroughly.

For healthcare organizations that offer, or are considering offering, child care services, risk managers and safety and security officers must be aware of the risks involved. This guidance article presents a three-step process:

In addition, this guidance article discusses many of the risks associated with in-house child care and recommendations for reducing the potential for harm to child care workers or to children and the potential for loss.

First, it is important to identify the type of child care assistance programs best suited to the facility’s needs. A “needs audit” should be conducted by way of a detailed survey of all employees. Questions should deal with families’ current situations—what type of child care services they prefer, where they live, what the children’s...

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