Work and Family: Policies for a Changing Work Force

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The United States has seen a dramatic increase in the number of dual-earner and single-adult families. This volume reviews accompanying changes in work and family structures and their effects on worker productivity and employer practices. It presents a wide range of approaches to easing the conflicts between work and family, exploring appropriate roles for business, labor, and government. Work and Family offers up-to-date information, looking at how the family and the workplace arrived at their current relationship and evaluating the quality and the cost of care for dependents in this nation. The volume describes the advantages and disadvantages of being part of a working family and takes a critical look at the range of benefits provided, including existing and proposed employer programs for families. It also presents a comparative review of family-related benefits in other countries.

About Author

Marianne A. Ferber and M. Brigid O'Farrell with La Rue Allen, Editors; Panel on Employer Policies and Working Families, National Research Council


1 Front Matter; 2 Summary; 3 1 Introduction; 4 2 The Family and the Workplace; 5 3 Linkages Between Work and Family; 6 4 How Adults Cope: Dependent Care; 7 5 Standard Employee Benefits; 8 6 New Family-Related Benefits; 9 7 Family-Oriented Programs in Other Countries; 10 8 Findings and Conclusions; 11 References; 12 Appendix A: Background Materials; 13 Appendix B: Data Needs and Research Agenda; 14 Appendix C: Biographical Sketches; 15 Index

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780309042772
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 268
  • ID: 9780309042772
  • ISBN10: 0309042771

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