Happy Tuesday, everyone. It's graduation season—if your career is just getting ready to launch, here are some ideas on how to stand out. This week in Forbes Careers:
–The companies offering abortion access benefits
–The tiny fraction of employers making everyone return full-time
–Bestselling author Gretchen Rubin on breaking bad work habits
Corporate America would prefer to talk about just about anything other than abortion. Climate change? A no-brainer. Voting access? An American right. So-called "bathroom bills"? A threat to employee well-being and safety.
But now, thanks to a leaked draft of a Supreme Court decision that would overturn Roe v. Wade, companies are being asked to take a position on—and in a growing number of cases, offer new benefits or funds to address—what's widely considered the third rail of American politics. My colleague Maggie McGrath and I started a tracker over the weekend detailing which companies have added travel reimbursement for employees who might have to go out of state to access abortion services, which employers have offered to let workers move if their state enacts restrictive abortion-related laws and which businesses already have healthcare plans in place that cover out-of-state healthcare-related travel costs.
I'm guessing there may be more of the latter than we know—but companies don't exactly want to advertise it. Doing so would mean wading into the electrified debate over abortion and the likely repeal of the landmark decision, which guarantees the right to abortion in the U.S. Already, lawmakers are threatening to penalize companies that provide such benefits, or hit back at those who offer them by restricting business. That's why senior contributor Edward Segal suggests some companies may remain on the sidelines.
For companies that have chosen to speak out about same-sex marriage on behalf of their LGBTQ employees, or "bathroom bills" for their transgender workers, it will be hard to say nothing on behalf of the rights of women and their families. As Anthony Johndrow, who leads a reputation advisory firm, told us: "Like anything else social and political, there's no middle ground anymore. Companies have found that to their chagrin, and it would be tough to find an issue that's more emotionally loaded than this."
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