News Flash Home
The original item was published from 2/26/2020 4:23:00 PM to 2/25/2022 5:50:00 PM.

News Flash

All News

Posted on: February 25, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Babies welcome: Pierce County Prosecutor lets employees bring infants to work

Babies 2 Facebook crop

If you see more people sporting Baby Bjorns as they head into work at the Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, there’s a reason. The office is launching a new “Infants in the Workplace” pilot program, where employees may bring their small infants with them to work. The prosecutor’s office is the first county agency to allow babies in the workplace.

“I’m excited for this pilot program and what it means for young families in our office,” Prosecuting Attorney Mary Robnett said. “I’m hopeful we’ll see clear benefits, not only for the parents and babies but also the office.”

“It will mean lower childcare costs for young families and reduced feeding stress on the infants. For the office, giving employees this option will help people stay in their current positions and lower our turnover costs. It will be a boon to recruitment as well, a new way to attract high-quality applicants,” said Robnett.

The program is open to employees with infants between six weeks and nine months of age who are not yet crawling. Parents will provide their own supplies and equipment and must find two co-workers willing to briefly serve as care providers for the infant, should the need arise.

Deputy prosecutor Annie Yu said that “even knowing we have the option” is important for working parents trying to balance professional and home life. “It means a lot to have an employer that is open to this. Those first months with a new baby are so important. The more time the parents and baby can spend together, the better.”

While the prosecutor’s office is the first Pierce County agency to launch such a program, the idea has already been tested successfully in several state agencies, including the Attorney General’s Office. The state Dept. of Health was the first, starting its pilot program in 2015.

“We’ve seen this work in other agencies, and thankfully we get to build off of their lessons learned,” said Gayle Robbins, Human Resources Manager for the prosecutor’s office. “When we near the end of the pilot program, everyone will have a chance to give their input about what worked and what didn’t. But if our experience is anything like these other workplaces, the benefits will be obvious.”

Said Robnett, “The science is really clear that child-parent bonding is especially important in those early months. As an office, we want to support that. I’m confident we’ll find, as agencies elsewhere have, that there are many upsides for the office as well.”

Other News in All News

Auditor seeks to appoint committee members for voters’ pamphlet

Posted on: February 23, 2024 | Last Modified on: November 21, 2012

Final certification of the 2024 February Special Election

Posted on: February 23, 2024 | Last Modified on: November 21, 2012

Feb. 13 special election at a glance

Posted on: January 18, 2024

District Court early closure on Nov. 17

Posted on: November 13, 2023

Fantasy Lights tickets go on sale Nov. 1

Posted on: October 25, 2023

2023 general election at a glance

Posted on: October 5, 2023

Post-election audit of batches

Posted on: August 2, 2023
PCHS news - homeless

$2M awarded for homeless prevention

Posted on: July 18, 2023
housing news and events

ERPP Update for Landlords

Posted on: April 26, 2023

Help identify a Pierce County decedent

Posted on: February 3, 2023

Feb. 14 Special Election at a glance

Posted on: January 27, 2023

Chambers Bay resort development ends

Posted on: January 17, 2023
PCHS news

Calling all community service groups!

Posted on: November 9, 2022
Fall Prevention

Fall Prevention Awareness Day Event

Posted on: September 19, 2022

Annual Donut Dash 5K returns

Posted on: May 24, 2022
Key Peninsula Giveaway

Key Peninsula Giveaway

Posted on: May 5, 2022

Fantasy Lights opens Nov. 21

Posted on: November 17, 2020

District Court early closure, Sept. 16

Posted on: September 7, 2016
Labor Day

County observes Labor Day, Sept. 5

Posted on: September 2, 2016

Heat advisory notice and options

Posted on: August 18, 2016

Video News: Tourism Special

Posted on: August 18, 2016

Tips for staying safe on 4th of July

Posted on: June 30, 2016

Video News: Tourism Special

Posted on: June 2, 2016

Grandparenting has a new look

Posted on: June 1, 2016

Passing of Robin McKinney

Posted on: May 4, 2016

Jury duty scams on the rise

Posted on: April 8, 2016