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Family-Friendly Work Practices in Britain: Availability and Perceived Accessibility

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  • Budd, John W.

    () (University of Minnesota)

  • Mumford, Karen A.

    () (University of York)

Abstract

Using linked data for British workplaces and employees we find a low base rate of workplace-level availability for five family-friendly work practices – parental leave, paid leave, job sharing, subsidized child care, and working at home – and a substantially lower rate of individual-level perceived accessibility. Our results demonstrate that statistics on workplace availability drastically overstate the extent to which employees perceive that family-friendly are accessible to them personally. British workplaces appear to be responding slowly and perhaps disingenuously to pressures to enhance family-friendly work practices.

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  • Budd, John W. & Mumford, Karen A., 2005. "Family-Friendly Work Practices in Britain: Availability and Perceived Accessibility," IZA Discussion Papers 1662, Institute of Labor Economics (IZA).
  • Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp1662
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    1. Ariane Ollier-Malaterre, 2009. "Organizational Work-Life initiatives: Context matters," Post-Print hal-00565488, HAL.
    2. Ali Fakih & Pascal L. Ghazalian, 2013. "Female Labour Force Participation in MENA's Manufacturing Sector: The Implications of Firm-related and National Factors," CIRANO Working Papers 2013s-46, CIRANO.
    3. Heywood, John S. & Siebert, W. Stanley & Wei, Xiangdong, 2005. "High Performance Workplaces and Family Friendly Practices: Promises Made and Promises Kept," IZA Discussion Papers 1812, Institute of Labor Economics (IZA).
    4. Martin Seeleib‐Kaiser & Timo Fleckenstein, 2009. "The Political Economy of Occupational Family Policies: Comparing Workplaces in Britain and Germany," British Journal of Industrial Relations, London School of Economics, vol. 47(4), pages 741-764, December.
    5. Lonnie Golden, 2008. "Limited Access: Disparities in Flexible Work Schedules and Work-at-home," Journal of Family and Economic Issues, Springer, vol. 29(1), pages 86-109, March.
    6. John W. Budd, 2010. "Does Employee Ignorance Undermine Shared Capitalism?," NBER Chapters,in: Shared Capitalism at Work: Employee Ownership, Profit and Gain Sharing, and Broad-based Stock Options, pages 291-316 National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

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    Keywords

    family friendly; perceived; access; availability;

    JEL classification:

    • J13 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Fertility; Family Planning; Child Care; Children; Youth
    • J32 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Nonwage Labor Costs and Benefits; Retirement Plans; Private Pensions
    • J70 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor Discrimination - - - General

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