Obama Says Workplace Flexibility Is A Need, Not A Frill

WASHINGTON (June 21, 2014) Child care, family leave and workplace flexibility aren't frills, they're basic needs, President Barack Obama said Saturday in his weekly radio and Internet address, as he lamented that workplace policies are outdated.

The U.S. is one of just three countries that don't require paid maternity leave, he said.

Mr. Obama said some businesses are pursuing family friendly policies, but said the U.S. must make it easier for parents and those with sick relatives to stay in the workplace.

He said something's wrong when hard workers must choose between work and family.

Mr. Obama plans to hold a summit on working families on Monday.

In the Republican address, U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., said Mr. Obama's record on energy development is abysmal.

The U.S. must build an infrastructure that will lead to energy abundance, he said.

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