This unique selection of chapters brings together researchers from a variety of academic disciplines to explore aspects of law's engagement with working families. It connects academic debate with policy proposals through an integrated set of approaches and perspectives.
Families, Care-giving and Paid Work offers an original approach to a very topical area. Not only does it consider the limitations of law in relation to the regulation of care-giving and workplace relationships, but it is premised upon a re-consideration of law's potential and engages with suggested strategies for bringing about long-term social change.
Offering a range of analyses, this book will strongly appeal to policymakers and practitioners involved with promoting work and family issues, students in labour and employment studies, law and social policy, as well as academics interested in work and family reconciliation issues, or gender and law issues.
Edited by Nicole Busby, Professor of Law, University of Strathclyde, UK and Grace James, University of Reading, UK and
Contents: Introduction Nicole Busby and Grace James PART I: WORK-FAMILY CHALLENGES 1. Reconciling Employment and Family Care-giving: A Gender Analysis of Current Challenges and Future Directions for UK Policy Suzi Macpherson 2. Atypical Working in Europe and the Impact on Work-Family Reconciliation Clare Lyonette 3. Is There a Fundamental Right to Reconcile Work and Family Life in the EU? Eugenia Caracciolo di Torella PART II: NATIONAL APPROACHES AND CROSS-NATIONAL CONSIDERATIONS 4. The Rights and Realities of Balancing Work and Family Life in New Zealand Annick Masselot 5. Law's Response to the Reconciliation of Work and Care: The Australian Case Sara Charlesworth 6. Parental Leave Rights in Italy: Reconciling Gender Ideologies with the Demands of Europeanization Roberta Guerrina 7. Comparative Lessons on Work-Family Conflict - Swedish Parental Leave versus American Parental Leave Michelle Weldon-Johns PART III: ACCOMMODATING CARE 8. Care-giving and Reasonable Adjustment in the UK Rachel Horton 9. Reconciling Care-giving and Work in Ireland: The Contribution of Protection Against Family Status Discrimination Olivia Smith PART IV: CHANGING FOCUS 10. Child Welfare and Work-Family Reconciliation Policies: Lessons from Family Law Grace James and Therese Callus 11. Unpaid Care-giving and Paid Work Within a Rights Framework: Towards Reconciliation? Nicole Busby Bibliography Index