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Applications will be accepted from October 1 - November 30th.

The AWLP Work-Life Seal of Distinction is designed to recognize employers who demonstrate leadership in workplace strategies and practices to help employees achieve success in work-life effectiveness.

The easy-to-complete Work-Life Checklist that follows will help you assess the degree of fit between your organization's work-life offerings and the seven categories of work-life effectiveness that comprise a best-in-class Work-Life Portfolio in today's workplace:

  • Caring for Dependents
  • Health and Wellness
  • Workplace Flexibility
  • Financial Support for Economic Security
  • Paid and Unpaid Time Off
  • Community Involvement
  • Transforming Organizational Culture

The overall strength of your organization's Work-Life Portfolio determines your ability to earn the AWLP Work-Life Seal of Distinction. Applicants will be evaluated on the work-life programs, policies and practices currently in place within each of the seven categories listed above. These are weighted on several factors, such as the complexity of implementation, the organizational resources typically required, and perceived universality of access.*

If your organization's overall assessment score earns the Work-Life Seal of Distinction, you may use the Seal in all official communications and correspondence for the timeframe indicated.

*We reserve the right to verify the extent of access to and usage of programs across the workforce.


  • Refer to the Frequently Asked Questions for a thorough description of this new recognition.
  • Review the application to familiarize yourself with the criteria required to qualify in each section.
  • Complete the demographics section of the application, after which you will receive a link to the application.
  • Via the link sent to you after requesting the application, proceed to the Work-Life Checklist and place a check mark by each program, policy or initiative currently in place at your organization.
  • Where applicable, enter and briefly describe any additional programs you offer in the spaces indicated by 'Other'.
  • Use the optional 'Comments' section at the end of each category to explain or clarify anything the Review Panel should take into consideration about that aspect of your work-life portfolio.
  • Complete the questions that follow the Checklist to provide additional information in support of your application.

The AWLP Application Review Panel will notify you of your organization's status within 2-4 weeks of submission.

Organizations that achieve the 2014 Work-Life Seal of Distinction will be celebrated at the Work-Life Awards Gala during the AWLP Work-Life Forum in Baltimore on March 20, 2014.

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