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Local business earns Family Friendly Workplace certification

Receiving the Family Friendly Workplace certification are, front row, from left to right: Angie Stanke, Andrea Ruschmeyer, Jennifer Gibson, Tom Holland of United Way, Sam Cari and Nicole Geffre. Back row: Chris Anderson, Kevin Urbik, Ryan Cari, Leslee Ojala, Jenny Fitzgerald and Amy Weaver. Submitted photo by Kate Smith

Heywood, Cari & Anderson SC recently received bronze certification as a Family Friendly Workplace from the United Way St. Croix Valley's Success By 6 initiative.

The family-friendly practices recognized included: a flexible work schedule, a health savings account, and five or more additional days off beyond personal time off for family obligations.

According to President Sam Cari, "Our firm recognizes that in order to best serve our clients, we need to attract and retain the highest quality staff members. Allowing our staff to be there for their families allows them to effectively balance the need to dedicate themselves to our clients, with the importance of their families. We are proud to be recognized as a Family Friendly Workplace."

Family Friendly Workplace is a program of United Way St. Croix Valley's Success By 6, developed specifically for employers in Pierce, Polk and St. Croix counties. Businesses can achieve certification by earning points for family-friendly practices. There are three certification levels, bronze, silver and gold. Certification fees paid by the business support educational programs and service delivery for early childhood development.

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