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Obama calls for more working-family benefits

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Business leaders across the nation Monday joined President Obama for a White House summit to address issues for working families. As Obama's domestic agenda has stalled in Congress, he is hoping that more businesses will expand workplace benefits with or without new laws.

He wants companies to protect pregnant workers from discrimination, and give mothers and fathers more flexibility -- and paid leave.

"So when new baby arrives or an aging parent gets sick, workers have to make painful decisions of whether they can be there when families need them the most," said Obama. "There are better decisions we can make, and not so good decisions we can make as a society to support this balance between work and family."

Many working parents in the Bay Area like Ruth Delgado already receive a range of benefits to help them care for their families. Delgado said her telecommunications company offers personal and sick days, flex-time, and discounts for child-care.

"When a company is more flexible with you and is there for you, then you're willing to give that company much more of yourself," said Delgado.

But many other companies do not offer those options. The president hopes this summit will convince more of those businesses to expand their benefits, based on research that indicates it can decrease turnover and increase workplace productivity.

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