ERIC Number: ED354982
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
The Relevance of British Career Break Schemes for American Companies.
In recent years, numerous American companies have extended parental leave in order to retain employees and comply with state-imposed mandates. In England, several companies have created the career break, which is a period in which the employee works part-time or takes a complete break from working, typically to raise a family, before resuming his or her career. Two companies in England, a large private utility and an inner-city bank, were visited in an investigation of the English career break. At both sites, career breaks were available only to employees at higher levels. The utility company stipulated that employees must have 3 years of continuous service before becoming eligible for a career break, while the bank required efficient or standard performance records. The utility company offered four types of career breaks (which would follow maternity leave that included partial pay): (1) returning to work after maternity leave; (2) an alternative contract; (3) a 2-year career break; and (4) a break of up to 5 years. In contrast, the bank offered only a leave that could last up to 5 years. The bank's only requirement was that employees state their intention to return to the company. As at the utility company, leave at the bank was unpaid. Career breaks are not considered primarily as assistance for mothers, but as supports for women's careers. Companies in the United States are just beginning to experiment with these ideas. (HOD)
Descriptors: Career Development, Corporate Support, Cultural Differences, Employment Practices, Employment Programs, Foreign Countries, Leaves of Absence, Mothers, Personnel Policy, Promotion (Occupational)
Families and Work Institute, 330 Seventh Avenue, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10001 ($5, plus $2.50 shipping and handling; 10% discount for nonprofit organizations).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Families and Work Inst., New York, NY.
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)