Deadline Nears for Family-friendly Awards

It's the final week to help honor family-friendly Arkansas companies, as the deadline for nominations for the second Arkansas Governor's Family Friendly Employer Awards fast approaches.

The deadline for submitting nominations is Friday. To nominate a family-friendly company, visit

The awards, sponsored by Arkansas Business Publishing Group, which publishes Little Rock Family and, honor Arkansas employers for establishing and providing resources that support employees in balancing work and family. The awards were established last year to help promote family-friendly workplaces in the state.

Awards were given to 11 companies last year in three categories — large employers, medium employers and small employers. Winners included Baptist Health, Acxiom Corp., USAble Life and I.C.E. Inc.

Employers who are nominated will be asked to provide information regarding issues such as health benefits, work-life options and child care assistance. If a company doesn't have formal work-life policies, informal ways of making a family-friendly work environment will be noted.

Last year's winners were recognized for a variety of family-friendly policies, including flexible work schedules to accommodate working parents, telecommuting from home, on-site daycares, tuition reimbursement and even casual dress codes.