Nominate a Family-Friendly Business

Be Recognized! Family-Friendly Award Nomination

Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Coalition of Hawaii celebrates Hawaii employers/businesses that are "family-friendly." Click here to nominate a Family-Friendly Business!

Why should businesses be family-friendly?

Some family-friendly practices are required by law. For example, Hawaii State Law requires all Hawaii employers to provide:

  • A reasonable break time for an employee to express milk for the employee’s nursing child for one year after the child’s birth, each time the employee has a need to express breast milk.
  • A location, other than the restroom, that is shielded from view and free from intrusion from coworkers and the public that may be used by an employee to express breast milk.

As a result of these and other family-friendly policies and practices, employers who support their employees and their families experience:

  • Lower health care costs
  • Lower turnover rates
  • Lower absenteeism rates
  • Higher employee productivity and morale
  • Positive public relations in the community as a “family friendly” business

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What are the benefits of applying for the award?

HMHB will publicly recognize family-friendly businesses. Businesses who are recognized as family-friendly enjoy the patronage of customers who feel comfortable frequenting their establishment. Employers and their employees also experience the benefits listed above and may see a larger pool of qualified candidates interested in working for their business as a result of the positive publicity.

What makes a business family-friendly?

A family-friendly business provides one or more of the following:

  • A breastfeeding support policy and education for all staff on the policy
  • The ability to work part-time or some hours from home, flex-time, and/or job-share
  • On-site childcare
  • A list of local breastfeeding resources
  • An educational packet about breastfeeding given to all expectant parents
  • Maternity leave for up to 12 weeks
  • Paid maternity or family leave
  • Temporary disability insurance (TDI) to new moms for 6-8 weeks postpartum
  • A breast pump provided by employer (mothers may bring their own supplies)
  • A lactation room with all of the following:
    • Inside lock on the door
    • Refrigerator for milk storage
    • Comfortable upholstered chair
    • Wall clock
    • Nearby sink with running water
    • Small table
    • Electrical outlet
    • Lactation consultant services provided for employees

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Congratulations to the 2015 Family-Friendly Award winner:

The DuPont Pioneer Waimea Research Center; Waimea, Kauai 

With approximately 100 employees, this company has put several practices into place to assure it is a family-friendly business. The station manager has been a great supporter of the many working employees that also balance pregnancy, nursing and parenting young children. All managers have been trained on a written policy that requires information and support to be given to any employees taking maternity leave. A core team of employees who have been pregnant and nursed while working at Pioneer are also available to assist new expecting mothers. A portion of the main office was constructed into a “Health Works” room, which serves as a clean, comfortable, secure place for pumping breast milk. This room far exceeds all of the state requirements. Families are also welcome to visit and join employees for lunch, and a private soft rocking chair can help mothers to nurse their babies if they should visit the station.