ERIC Number: ED418778
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Texas Employer 1996 Dependent Care Survey.
Ruggiere, Paul; Glass, James
Many employers have enacted "family-friendly benefits" in response to demands placed on their employees by the stress of caring for children or aging parents. The Employer Dependent Care Survey measured the prevalence of flexible work arrangements and child care and elder care benefits in Texas. Participating were 1,331 out of 6,500 private sector companies answering a mail survey (22.6 percent return). Findings indicated that flextime schedules were offered by 54 percent of the largest companies (500 or more employees). Nine percent of the largest companies and less than 5 percent of others offered job sharing. Compressed work weeks were offered by 30 percent of the largest companies and by 18 percent of companies with 100 to 499 employees. Telecommuting was offered by 22 percent of the largest companies; availability of this option generally decreased as company size decreased. Flexible work arrangements were most often utilized by non-managers. Child care center benefits were offered by 7 percent of the largest companies and by less than 2 percent of others, while resource and referral services were offered by 17 percent of the largest companies and by less than 5 percent of others. Tax-sheltered spending accounts were the most common child care benefit offered and child care subsidies or vouchers, the least common. Ninety-seven percent of companies indicated that all employees were eligible for child care benefits. The biggest impact of providing child care benefits was the positive employee morale. Very few companies offered elder care benefits, with the most common benefit a tax-sheltered spending account. (KB)
Descriptors: Adult Day Care, Dependents, Early Childhood Education, Employed Parents, Employer Attitudes, Employer Supported Day Care, Employers, Family Work Relationship, Flexible Working Hours, Fringe Benefits, Grants, Job Sharing, Policy Analysis, State Surveys, Teleworking
Publication Center, Texas Work and Family Clearinghouse, Texas Workforce Commission, 101 East 15th Street, Room 416T, Austin, TX 78778-0001; phone: 512-936-3228; fax: 512-936-3255; World Wide Web: www.twc.state.tx.us/wrkfrcdev/wfchp.html; e-mail: email@example.com (single copy, free).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Texas Workforce Commission, Austin.
Authoring Institution: Texas Work and Family Clearinghouse, Austin.; Texas Univ., Austin. School of Social Work.
Identifiers: Dependent Care Tax Credit; Resource and Referral Service; Subsidized Child Care Services; Texas