ERIC Number: ED307366
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Work and Family Responsibilities: Achieving a Balance. A Program Paper of the Ford Foundation.
Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
The relationship between work and family is an issue of growing concern in the United States. The increasing participation of women in the labor force has created new demands for services, especially for low-income families, to offset women's dual responsibilities at work and home. This paper describes a Ford Foundation program to study the place of the workplace in American family life, with the following aims: (1) to broaden the knowledge base on men's and women's roles and their relation to work; (2) to provide models of employer benefit policies and work arrangements; (3) to monitor federal and state policies requiring family benefits; and (4) to promote discussion and exchange on work and family issues. The paper provides an overview of shifts in employment patterns and examines the changing roles of men and women in the workplace. The following family-responsive programs are described: (1) medical leave, including pregnancy disability; (2) family leave, including parental leave; (3) child care; (4) elder care; (5) alternative work schedules; and (6) flexible benefit programs. The paper concludes with a detailed discussion of the four-pronged approach of the Ford Foundation program. A list of 18 references is included. An appendix lists Ford Foundation grants to study work and family issues for 1987-88. (AF)
Descriptors: Day Care, Dual Career Family, Employed Women, Employer Employee Relationship, Employment, Employment Opportunities, Equal Opportunities (Jobs), Females, Flexible Working Hours, Fringe Benefits, Mothers, Nontraditional Occupations, Public Policy, Sex Role
Ford Foundation, Office of Communications, 320 East 43rd Street, New York, NY 10017.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.