Stay the course on creating a family-friendly workplace, says Ernst & Young

    Firm named among Progressive Employers of Canada for "mom-friendly"

    TORONTO, June 8 /CNW/ - Tough economic conditions may be prompting some
employers to cut back on family-friendly programs and policies, but not so at
Ernst & Young. The firm announced today it has been selected as a 2009
Progressive Employer of Canada for its policies and programs for working moms.
    "We believe our support for working parents - both men and women - is
vital to retaining the high-performing employees we rely on to serve the needs
of our clients," said Karen Wensley, Canada's People Team Leader for Ernst &
Young. "We work to emphasize flexibility for everyone at Ernst & Young. We
want people to focus on making a life, not just making a living."
    Ernst & Young was selected as a Progressive Employer of Canada for 2009
for its various programs and policies supporting families, including:

    -  Parental/paternity leave policies
    -  Maternity leave top up
    -  Adoption assistance
    -  Flexible work arrangements
    -  Backup childcare
    -  Here comes baby - new-parent handbook
    -  Leaves of absence/sabbaticals

    Vancouver-based Partner Nicole Poirier has two daughters, ages four and
18 months. In order to juggle her many priorities, she's made use of programs
like backup childcare and flexible work arrangements.
    "After my second child, I worked from home initially and gradually
increased the number of days in the office until I returned full time," said
Poirier, who still takes time during the weekdays to drive her daughter to
French class or walk her to school. "For these flexible arrangements to work,
they have to be beneficial for all parties involved. I've never felt pressure
to operate a certain way and have been free to create a schedule that works
for my family, which I'm incredibly grateful for."
    The Progressive Employers of Canada list celebrates those who offer
flexibility, supportive leadership and progressive programs for working
parents and their families. Ernst & Young is among a select and diverse group
of companies who are being acknowledged for leading progressive change in the
Canadian workplace.

    About Ernst & Young

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advisory services. Worldwide, our 135,000 people are united by our shared
values and an unwavering commitment to quality. We make a difference by
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