Ideas for Cities: Family Balance Program

Family Balance Program
Cities could provide tax incentives for employers who provide effective work-life balance for employees-things like job share programs, errand support (car tune ups, laundry, accounting, and more), home office options, flexible and family-friendly work hours, extended parental leave, or affordable healthcare. Cities could also protect 12 flexible hours a month at a minimum of half-pay for child-related activities (like volunteering in school)-as is protected in the case of jury duty-for parents with a child under 18 living at home.This is part 31 of a continuing brainstorm on the future of cities, inaugurated at the CEOs for CitiesVelocity conference in September, 2009. We'll post a new idea each day until we run out, at which point we're counting on you to come up with something smart. Do you have a good idea for improving your city? Add it in the comments below, or tweet it to @GOOD with hashtag #cityideas-we'll publish the best ones. Tomorrow's idea: Kid Entrepreneur Opportunities.