While family issues traditionally have been considered private matters that employers don't discuss, family scientists at Brigham Young University are inviting corporate leaders to discuss them at a conference in March.

"Family Issues in the Workplace," will be sponsored by the College of Family and Social Sciences March 1-3 at the Excelsior Hotel in Provo. The symposium will explore the effects of employers' family policies on employee performance."The conflict between family life and work life has emerged as one of the critical problems society is facing right now," says Bruce Chadwick, director of family studies at BYU. He said good employees in the future will be attracted to companies that have developed strong family-oriented programs.

Corporate leaders, including presidents, chief executive officers, personnel managers, human resource development administrators and corporate legal advisers, are being invited to attend.

Symposium speakers will discuss topics including public policy, work scheduling, child care, care for the elderly, employee education and counseling, dual careers, equity and pro-family programs' impact on worker performance.

John P. Fernandez, president of Advanced Research Management Consultants and author of "Child Care and Corporate Productivity," will be the keynote speaker.

Those making presentations from BYU will be David S. Alcorn, assistant to the dean, College of Family and Social Sciences; Reba L. Keele, a professor of organizational behavior; and Stephen G. Wood, a professor of law.

Telephone registration for the three-day conference is available by calling toll free in Utah 1-800-662-3600 or outside Utah 1-800-453-3235. Deadline for registration is Jan. 15, 1989. Enrollment is limited to 160 people. For further information, call Christina Marshall, 378-5657.