ERIC Number: ED341844
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Work and Family. Policies for a Changing Work Force.
Ferber, Marianne A., Ed.; And Others
This book reviews changes in work and family structures and their effects on worker productivity and employer practices. The first two chapters introduce the topic and trace the history of family structure and composition in the United States, the changing nature of employment, and the central role of the employment relationship to the social welfare system. Chapter 3 reviews available research on the advantages and disadvantages for adults, children, and the elderly of being members of families in which all the adults are employed. In the context of extensive changes in the family and the workplace and related problems, chapter 4 examines how dependents are currently cared for, as well as the outcomes and costs of various types of programs. Chapters 5 and 6 provide a detailed review and evaluation of existing programs offered by employers and presents ideas for innovative programs, including what can be learned about their costs and benefits. Among these are such standard benefits as sick leave and health insurance and such new benefits as family leave and flexible benefits. Chapter 7 examines the practices of other advanced industrialized countries to identify what the United States can learn from their experiences. Chapter 8 presents findings of the Panel on Employer Policies and Working Families (established after a planning meeting in February 1987) and conclusions for policies, programs, and future research. Appendixes include 444 references, a list of background materials, data needs and research agenda, and biographical sketches of panel members. An index is provided. (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Children, Adult Day Care, Career Education, Dual Career Family, Employed Parents, Employee Assistance Programs, Employer Employee Relationship, Employer Supported Day Care, Employment Patterns, Employment Practices, Family Caregivers, Family Involvement, Family Life, Family Role, Family Structure, Flexible Working Hours, Fringe Benefits, Labor Force, Older Adults, Personnel Management, Personnel Policy
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Publication Type: Books; Information Analyses
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Authoring Institution: National Academy of Sciences - National Research Council, Washington, DC. Committee on Women's Employment and Related Social Issues.