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Work Life Balance, Labour Law and Labour Relations

ISBN13: 9789041186300
Published: July 2017
Publisher: Kluwer Law International
Country of Publication: The Netherlands
Format: Paperback
Price: £114.00

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Work-Life Balance in the Modern Workplace provides insights into labour law’s challenges from a work-life balance perspective. The term ‘work-life balance’ refers to the relationship between paid work in all of its various forms and personal life, which includes family but is not limited to it. In addition, gender permeates every aspect of this relationship. This volume brings together a wide range of perspectives from a number of different disciplines, presenting research findings and their implications for policy at all levels (national, sectoral, enterprise, workplace). Collectively, the contributors seek to close the gap between research and policy with the intent of building a better work-life balance regime for workers across a variety of personal circumstances, needs and preferences.

What’s in this book:

Among the issues and topics covered are the following:

  • differences and similarities between men and women and particularly between mothers and fathers in their work choices;
  • ‘third shift’ work (work at home at night or during weekends);
  • effect of the extent to which employers perceive management of this process to be a ‘burden’;
  • employers’ exploitation of the psychological interconnection between masculinity and breadwinning;
  • organisational culture that is more available for supervisors than for rank-and-file workers;
  • weak enforcement mechanisms and token penalties for non-compliance by employers;
  • trade unions as the best hope for precarious workers to improve work-life balance;
  • crowd-work (on-demand performance of tasks by persons selected remotely through online platforms from a large pool of potential and generic workers);
  • an example of how to use work-life balance insights to evaluate the law;
  • collective self-scheduling;
  • employers’ duty to accommodate; and
  • financial hardship as a serious threat to work-life balance.
How this will help you:

This book encourages to think on how labour law and work and family research can cooperate and reinforce each other. This rich collection of chapters clearly shows that work-life conflict is associated with negative health outcomes, gender inequalities and many other concerns and thereby resonates particularly with concerned lawyers and legal academics who ask what work-life balance literature has to offer and how law should respond.

Employment Law
Notes on Contributors
CHAPTER 1 Introduction
Sarah De Groof
CHAPTER 2 Connecting Crowd-Work with Work-Life Balance: Mission Impossible?
Alberto Barrio & Nuna Zekic
CHAPTER 3 Part-Time Fathers and Mothers? Comparing Part-Time Employment in Germany, Sweden, Ireland and the Netherlands
Sonja Bekker, Lena Hipp, Janine Leschke & Friederike Molitor
CHAPTER 4  How Can Labour Law Contribute to Work-Life Balance? Recommendations for a Modern Working Time Law
Sarah De Groof
CHAPTER 5 Making the Business Case for Work-Life Integration in the United States
Katherine S. Drake & Amy K. Brown
CHAPTER 6 The Third Shift: How Do Professional Women Articulate Working Time and Family Time?
Émilie Genin
CHAPTER 7 Irregular Work Scheduling and Its Consequences
Lonnie Golden & Jaeseung Kim
CHAPTER 8 Through Work-Life-Family Reconciliation to Gender Equality? Slovenia and the United Kingdom’s Legal Frameworks Compared
Barbara Kresal & Ania Zbyszewska
CHAPTER 9 “This Is Not an Ideal, Man”: Restructuring the Ideal Worker Norm
Ifat Matzner-Heruti
CHAPTER 10 Teleworking in Iberian Labour Law as a Measure of Reconciling Work and Family Life and Working Time Control as the Key to Avoid the Blurring of the Boundaries Between Work and Family Life
Lourdes Mella Méndez
CHAPTER 11 Work-Life Balance in the Modern Workplace: A Comparative Analysis of the Turkish and European Multinational Companies Operating in Turkey
Gürol Özcüre, Nimet Eryigit & Harun Demirkaya
CHAPTER 12 Exploring the ‘Boundary Control Paradox’ and How to Cope with It: A Social Theoretical Perspective on Managing Work-Life Boundaries and Work-Life Balance in the Late Modern Workplace
Pascale Peters, Robert J. Blomme, Anne van Heertum & Daantje Derks
CHAPTER 13 Precarious Work and Work-Family Reconciliation: A Critical Evaluation of New Zealand’s Regulatory Framework
Amanda Reilly & Annick Masselot
CHAPTER 14 Regulating Work-Life Balance: The Contemporary Swedish Experience
Niklas Selberg
CHAPTER 15 Family Responsibilities Accommodation in Canada: Individual Solutions to a Collective Dilemma
Mathilde Valentini & Stephanie Bernstein
CHAPTER 16 Reconciliation of Work and Private Life as Key Element for Sustainable Work Throughout the Life Course
Greet Vermeylen, Agnès Parent-Thirion, Mathijn Wilkens & Jorge Cabrita
CHAPTER 17 Work-Life Balance, Time and Money: Identifying the Work-Life Balance Priorities of Working Class Workers
Tracey Warren