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Family-friendly policies in The Netherlands: The tripartite involvement

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The article reports on research among Dutch employers concerning the arrangements they provide for employees to help them with the reconciliation of work and family life. The research not only answers the question of to what extent different employers offer arrangements like childcare facilities, flexible working hours or leave schemes, but it also tries to explain employers' policies. The explanatory analysis includes organisational characteristics and employers' opinions with respect to costs and benefits of different arrangements. The empirical analysis is based on a survey among 871 organisations in the profit sector and the non-profit sector. One major conclusion is that family-friendly arrangements have become rather common among organisations; employers are aware of the fact that the reconciliation of work and care has become an issue for an increasing number of workers.

Keywords: Employment; Family-Friendly Organizations; Policy; Service Industries; The Netherlands; Work

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: April 1, 2003


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