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A major side effect of the pandemic is its effect on the availability of childcare, as daycares close and schools become virtual. Working mothers, and to a lesser extent, working fathers, have had to cobble together solutions to ensure their children are looked after.  Even then, the most carefully planned solution can disintegrate in seconds if a COVID-19 infection occurs.

It might be tempting to think this is purely a personal or family issue. But its ripple effect extends far beyond that. To get a look at the bigger picture, I asked an employer who is also a mother – the cofounder and CEO of MomUp, Michelle Keefe – about what she’s seeing.

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C.J. Marwitz, editor, BenefitsPRO

C.J. Marwitz, editor, writes and acquires content for the retirement advisor/plan sponsor audience at BenefitsPRO. Marwitz also considers contributed bylines on 401(k)s, pensions, financials with a DE&I focus, litigation, regulation, best practices and op-eds.  A former technology editor, advertising copywriter, and academic advisor, Marwitz is the mother of three and walker/stick-thrower to a Welsh Corgi named Leeloo Dallas Multipass.

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