Wednesday, May 28, 2008


A NEW REPORT by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research and the Center for Work Life Law at the University of California, finds that of 21 countries reviewed, 17 have statutes that allow parents to move to part-time work or otherwise adjust their working hours; 12 have statutes to help workers adjust work hours for training and education; 11 allow reduced hours with partial pension prior to full retirement; 5 allow working time adjustments for those with family care-giving responsibilities for adults; and 5 countries give everyone the right to alternative work arrangements.

According to the latest data from the Organization for Economic Development and Cooperation, college-educated women in the United States are now less likely than women in many other high-income countries to participate in the labor market. Participation in the U.S. labor force for women aged 24-54 has stalled in the last decade while 19 of 20 other high income countries surveyed have seen growth during the same period.

Most countries target statutory regulation at specific circumstances, such as family caregiving responsibilities, old age or lifelong learning. More recent is an all encompassing approach that provides a mechanism for changing working time arrangements to all employees, irrespective of why they want change.

The Institute for Women’s Policy Research conducts rigorous research and disseminates its findings to address the needs of women, promote public dialogue, and strengthen families, communities, and societies. IWPR focuses on issues of poverty and welfare, employment and earnings, work and family, health and safety, and women’s civic and political participation.

The Center for WorkLife Law, based at the University of California Hastings College of the Law, is a nonprofit research and advocacy organization that seeks to eliminate employment discrimination against employees who have caregiving responsibilities for family members, such as mothers and fathers of young children and adults with aging parents. WorkLife Law works with employees, employers, attorneys, legislators, journalists, and researchers to identify and prevent family responsibilities discrimination.


At May 29, 2008 3:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You have to understand the unwritten but clear philosophy here in the US. In return for the vanishingly small likelihood of becoming rich, the worker is expected to cede all rights to an honorable and sustainable working arrangement. So, we get to work more and enjoy less. Take heart, though, because maybe, just maybe, the fates will smile upon you and you'll become rich. And, you will be able to drive a big SUV to that all-meaningful job, burning up lots of petrol. You can think, surely I must be important. Why else would I be permitted to burn up such a precious resource for ego's sake. See, in a more advanced country, you would be expected to use public transit (shudder). If you don't like this trade, you just don't belong here (in the US.) Get with the program!


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