ERIC Number: ED295015
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: N/A
Employment in Perspective: Women in the Labor Force. First Quarter 1988. Report 752.
Bureau of Labor Statistics (DOL), Washington, DC.
A special survey on employer child-care practices conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in the summer of 1987 sampled 10,345 establishments with 10 or more employees selected from the BLS establishment universe file and classified by industry and size. The survey showed that over the last decade, the number of mothers in the labor force has grown by nearly 40 percent; for these women, obtaining reliable, high quality care for their children at reasonable cost is often a major problem. Approximately 11 percent of establishments with 10 or more employees offered some benefits to help them with their child-care arrangements. In addition, about 61 percent of establishments had the kinds of policies on flexible work schedules or leave that could help employees handle child-care arrangements even though these policies may not have been designed with that purpose in mind. About 2 percent of establishments provided day-care facilities, one-third of which were day-care facilities. Large firms and government agencies were more likely to provide these types of benefits than small businesses. Some establishments made other types of arrangements such as flexible time, flexible leave, part-time work, and job sharing. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Bureau of Labor Statistics (DOL), Washington, DC.