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ERIC Number: ED218729
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982
Pages: 22
Abstractor: N/A
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Job Sharing: An Alternative to Traditional Employment Patterns.
Duttweiler, Robert W.
Taking the view that job sharing is a positive alternative for workers and employers, this article defines job sharing in broad terms and describes its evolution from the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 to the present. The advantages, such as increased productivity, are felt to be impressive, but disadvantages also exist, including significant cost increases to employers and lack of support from management, unions, and the federal government. However, federal and state interest is increasing, especially because of the high unemployment problem and current recession. California's Work Sharing Unemployment Insurance program, which allows payment of partial benefits to work sharers, has resulted in more people working and less money being expended for unemployment compensation. Other experimental programs have been successfully implemented in the public and private sectors. As employers become the initiating force behind job sharing, it will become firmly established in both male and female occupations. Problems to be worked out before that occurs include consideration of salary advancement and career promotion, greater attention given to accurate job descriptions and performance evaluation, and identification of the kinds of jobs that can be shared. (Author/WD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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