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ERIC Number: ED536752
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 50
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Module 4: Work-Family Policy in the United States. Work-Family Curriculum Guide
Kossek, Ellen Ernst; Leana, Carrie; MacDermid, Shelley; Pitt-Catsouphes, Marcie; Raskin, Patricia; Secret, Mary; Shulkin, Sandee; Sweet, Stephen
Sloan Work and Family Research Network
Public policy affects the experiences of workers and their families, both directly and indirectly. For example, employment-focused statutes such as the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Employment Retirement and Income Security Act, the Occupational Health and Safety Act, and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act establish frameworks for employer-employee relationships and clarify the types of protections mandated for specific groups of employees. Other legislation, principally the Pregnancy Discrimination Act and Family and Medical Leave Act, address some of the priorities of employees who have specific types of family responsibilities. This module provides students with a conceptual framework for understanding the relevance of public policies to work-family issues and introduces the students to selected public policies. The module's contents address the following topics: (1) An overview of public policy in the United States; (2) Work-family policy in the United States at the state level; and (3) Work-family policy in the United States at the federal level. (Contains 20 online resources.) [This paper was prepared with the help of Judi C. Casey, Karen Corday, and Christina Matz. For Modules 1, 2, and 3 of this curriculum guide, see ED536763, ED536753, and ED536766, respectively.]
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Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Sloan Work and Family Research Network