The Pic: At the SAS campus in Cary, Leslie Anderson of Raleigh plays with her 9-month-old daughter, Reese. Anderson takes two work breaks a day to feed Reese.
The Buzz: At SAS Institute, nursing mothers who need to express milk during the workday can go online to schedule a lactation room that features a recliner and soft music. The Cary company, known for its family-friendly business model, has provided the service for 12 years. Now, all businesses are required by law to offer such a room for nursing mothers. (The recliner and music are optional.)
SAS has always been a trendsetter in the way it treats the people who work there, and it's good to see some of the SAS HR principles make it to the law of the land. The sad thing is that it required an act of Congress to get most other employers to do the right thing.
For as advanced as Americans like to see themselves, we are at the core a very backward thinking people more often than not.