Allied Therapy Wins Governor's Family Friendly Award

by Arkansas Business staff  on Wednesday, Apr. 13, 2005 4:54 pm  

Gov. Mike Huckabee gave Allied Therapy and Consulting Services of Cabot the 2005 Diamond Recipient Award at the Arkansas Governor's Family Friendly Employer Award luncheon Wednesday at The Peabody Little Rock.

Allied Therapy also was named the Gold Winner in the small employer category.

The awards recognize Arkansas companies that have championed family-friendly policies such as flexible work schedules, on-site child care, paid family leave and employee assistance programs.

Companies that were nominated for the awards were asked to provide information about their health benefits, work-time options and childcare assistance. If a company did not have formal work-life policies, informal ways of making the work environment as family-friendly as possible were considered.

"The employers honored with this award have shown a dedication to assisting their employees in balancing work and family life," Gov. Mike Huckabee said. "I'm proud that Arkansas is home to these great employers along with a talented and dedicated workforce."

Baptist Health of Little Rock, winner of the Diamond Recipient Award two years in a row, was the Gold Winner in the large employer category. Eaton Corp. of Cleveland, which employs 418 at its manufacturing plant in Searcy, was the Gold Winner in the medium employer category.

Founded in 1993 by Beth Stamp, Allied Therapy and Consulting Services provides physical, occupational, speech and developmental therapy to pediatric patients with disabilities. The company, which employs 26, provides its workers with flexible hours so they can attend to their families.

"I believe it is much easier to do a job you like doing and it is easier to do your job if you know that whenever you need to go to take care of yourself or your family, you can," Stamp said. "No one is going to get angry with you or dock your pay if you need to take care of your family."

The company pays 100 percent of employee health insurance, provides dental and some vision insurance, and offers a 401(k) plan. Full-time employees receive 30 days of paid vacation beginning their first year with the company. And if an employee is not considered full time, the company will prorate the vacation time according to the number of weekly hours worked to determine the equivalent of 30 days.

Click here to see profiles of all the winners, as well as nominate companies for the 2006 awards.

Other 2005 winners are:

Large Employer Category
• Silver Winner: Arkansas Children's Hospital of Little Rock
• Silver Winner: University of Arkansas at Fayetteville
• Bronze Winner: St. Vincent Health System of Little Rock

Medium Employer Category
• Silver Winner: Jones Center for Families of Springdale
• Silver Winner: Rich Mountain Community College at Mena
• Bronze Winner: Delta Dental Plan of Arkansas of Sherwood

Small Employer Category
• Silver Winner: Sissy's Log Cabin of Pine Bluff
• Bronze Winner: Credit Counseling of Arkansas of Fayetteville

Partners in the initiative are Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, Arkansas Business Publishing Group, Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce and Associated Industries of Arkansas, Arkansas State University, Child Care Resource and Referral Network, and the Society of Human Resource Managers.

Other partners are the state departments of Economic Development, Education, Health, and Human Services; the Arkansas Early Childhood Commission; DHS Communications; DHS Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education; DHS Division of County Operations the state Department of Workforce Education and the governor's office.



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