Sep. 21, 2011
Cornell is named a top adoption-friendly workplace
Cornell has again been named to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption's "Top 100 Adoption-Friendly Workplaces" list, which recognizes U.S. employers that offer "outstanding employee programs" for adoptive parents. This is the fifth year that Cornell has been named to the list.
"We are honored to have our efforts to support families recognized by this wonderful foundation," said Lynette Chappell-Williams, associate vice president for workforce diversity and inclusion at Cornell.
Human resource policies that helped Cornell earn the adoption-friendly honor include a provision to allow up to six weeks leave for adoptive parent-employees and up to $5,000 in financial assistance for employees who adopt children.
The Dave Thomas Foundation award is the latest affirmation of Cornell's ongoing efforts to create a positive working environment for all employees. For example, Working Mother magazine named Cornell to its list of 100 best companies for working mothers in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011. AARP named Cornell a top U.S. employer for workers aged 50 and older every year it has given the award since 2005.
The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption is a not-for-profit public organization that is dedicated to increasing adoptions throughout North America. The foundation was created by Dave Thomas, founder of Wendy's Old Fashioned Hamburgers. Thomas, who was adopted as a child, was a longtime advocate of adoption rights.