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Family‐friendly Workplace Practices

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Working hours are very important to people trying to reconcile work and family life. They differ enormously across countries, but also within countries, with different types of workers having different access to different types of flexible workplace measures. The first section of this chapter illustrates cross‐national differences in usual working hours, and documents national policy differences on weekly working hours, paid annual leave and the part‐time employment conditions. Subsequent sections illustrate the potential business case for family‐friendly workplaces, with some practices (e.g. part‐time work, flexitime) being more prevalent than others (e.g. teleworking, childcare support). The chapter concludes with a discussion of different public policy approaches to extending family‐friendly workplace practices, which range from encouragement of employers to expand such provisions, to ensuring that all workers have some access to family‐friendly workplace support.

Document Type: Review Article

Publication date: November 1, 2007


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