ERIC Number: ED314153
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1987-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Medical and Family Leave: Benefits Available to Female Workers in the United States.
National Council of Jewish Women, New York, NY. Center for the Child.
This paper discusses a national survey of employee benefits designed to investigate the extent to which employers have independently implemented basic components of a comprehensive maternity plan. Components include: (1) standard policies that set the period of leave; (2) job-protected medical leave for maternity; (3) employer contributions to health insurance during medical leave; (4) wage replacement during the medical leave; (5) family leave after the maternity-related disability; and (6) a reduced work schedule following medical leave for maternity. The survey was conducted in nearly 100 communities around the country. A total of 2,243 organizations completed questionnaires. Results show that large employers are more likely than small employers to ensure leave benefits by incorporating them in personnel policies. Large employers are also more likey to provide eight or more weeks of job-protected medical leave for maternity, make payments toward health insurance coverage during leave, and provide at least partial wage replacement. However, small employers are just as likely as large employers to offer some family leave to working mothers and are more likely to allow women to return to their job on a reduced work schedule after childbirth. (RJC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Council of Jewish Women, New York, NY. Center for the Child.