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Family-Friendly Workplace Award

What is the SLO Family-Friendly Workplace Award?


The San Luis Obispo County Family-Friendly Workplaces Award is for public, private, and non-profit employers of any size in SLO County. The award seeks to recognize employers and support organizations that adopt and implement family-friendly practices for their employees.


2023 Award Criteria

  • "Blue" Diamond (Change Makers) NEW AWARD LEVEL 

Recipients meet at least 6 family-friendly policies in each of the five categories AND provide at least one of the below high-impact family-friendly benefits.

  • On-site or Near-site Child Care

  • Child Care Vouchers, Stipends, and/or Subsidies 

  • Expanded Paid Family Leave 

  • 100% Health Care Coverage

  • Health Care Coverage for Part-time Employees

  • Reduced Work Weeks

  • Fertility and/or Adoption Assistance

  • Elder Care Support

  • Diamond (Distinguished Champion)

Recipients meet at least 5 family-friendly policies in each of the five categories.

  • Platinum (Trail Blazer)

Recipients meet at least 4 family-friendly policies in each of the five categories.

  • Gold (Committed Leader)

Recipients meet at least 3 family-friendly policies in each of the five categories.

  • Silver (Rising Star)

Recipients meet at least 2 family-friendly policies in each of the five categories.

  • Bronze (On the Pathway)

Recipients meet at least 1 family-friendly policy in each of the five categories


Award selection is based on the following FIVE family-friendly practice categories and this sample of associated policies and practices:

CATEGORY ONE: Employer-Sponsored Child Care

  • On-Site or Near-Site Child Care

  • Vouchers, Discounts, Sponsored Slots

  • Subsidies, Stipends, and/or Reimbursements

  • Child Care Benefits Plans and Tax Strategies

  • Backup and Emergency Care

  • Infants-at-Work

CATEGORY TWO: Flexible Work & Scheduling

  • Flexible Scheduling Practices

  • Location Flexibility

  • Predictable & Stable Scheduling

CATEGORY THREE: Paid & Unpaid Leave

  • Paid Family Leave

  • Personal Leave

  • Vacation Leave

  • Pregnancy Leave

  • Medical Leave

CATEGORY FOUR: Health Benefits & Flexible Spending

  • Health, Dental, and Vision Insurance

  • Flexible Spending

  • Fertility Benefits

  • Disability

  • Workplace Wellness Programs

CATEGORY FIVE: Parent Accommodations & Support

  • Lactation Accommodations

  • Training Opportunities

  • Support Groups

  • Employee Assistance Programs

Here is how to apply!

Complete the FREE self-assessment application online. The application takes about 15 minutes to complete. The assessment/application is a valuable tool that both measures how family-friendly an organization is, as well as providing an opportunity to learn about the many family-friendly practices that businesses of all sizes might consider implementing.  At the end of the self-assessment, you can decide if you would like to submit your application for award consideration. All applicants will be provided with the results of this assessment, information, educational materials to support furthering their efforts, and an invitation to meet with the SLO Chamber of Commerce Workforce Development Manager.

Are you a 2022 Award Winner? Apply for our 2023 Award,  and if you qualify you will receive an updated seal, certificate, and recognition!

Apply Here!

Recognition as an awardee will include:

  • Certificate of recognition of award and level

  • Use of digital SLO Family-Friendly Workplace Seal for use on the organization's website, business materials, promotion,  and recruiting materials

  • Inclusion in a press release to local media outlets

  • Inclusion in an email and social media announcement to hundreds of leading local businesses throughout the county

  • Inclusion of award recipients on the SLO Family-Friendly Workplace website

  • Designation as a Family-Friendly Workplace in local Chamber of Commerce directories

  • Invitations to SLO Family-Friendly Workplace roundtables, networking opportunities, and special events

  • Continued education, resources, and support

The SLO County Family-Friendly Workplace Award is brought to you by the Family-Friendly Workplace Accelerator Program, hosted by the SLO Chamber of Commerce, and sponsored by First 5 SLO County and the County of SLO in collaboration with the We Are The Care Initiative. 

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