BPW / FL Public Policy Platform Items 2 & 3

BPW / FL Public Policy Platform Items 2 & 3

Pursuant to my July article I am going to continue to highlight the BPW Public Policy Platform.  This month I am highlighting Platform items 2 and 3.

Item 2: Economic Equity, Opportunity and Self-Sufficiency
BPW/FL supports legislation which assists women in obtaining pay equity and equal employment opportunities; promotes opportunities for women-owned business; encourages women-owned business to compete at the local, state and federal governmental levels; promotes affordable, quality dependent care to help ensure economic self-sufficiency for women; and, supports social security reform options that benefit women.

Talking Point Excerpt: Eighty percent of all working women think it is either very or somewhat important that stronger affirmative action laws are passed to provide more opportunities for all women. It is vitally important for economic self-sufficiency, that women have access to more of the local, state and federal contracting dollars.

Item 3: Safe Workplace
BPW supports legislation that creates a safe workplace; a workplace free from violence, harassment and assault. We support legislative funding and education that will ensure workplaces are free from all forms of violence, harassment and assault

Talking Point Excerpt:  BPW supports legislation that strengthens the laws already in place regarding workplace violence and an employer’s responsibility to ensure that they minimize the possibility of violence and threats of violence in the workplace.  Workplace violence or the threat of violence against workers, which can occur at or outside the workplace and can range from threats and verbal abuse to physical assaults and homicide, is one of the leading causes of job-related deaths.