Maternity Leave: Policy and Practice

2nd Edition

Victoria Gordon, Beth Rauhaus

Routledge
December 18, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 240 Pages
ISBN 9780367180416 - CAT# K416156

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Summary

What does it mean to be a successful working parent?  And how do working parents cope in the United States, the only developed nation with no paid parental leave requirement?  Despite some positive advancement in the voluntary adoption of paid parental leave, many organizations over the past 25 years have instead decreased  paid leave benefits offered to employees in the US, choosing instead to let unpaid leave under the Family Medical Leave Act serve in its place. This regression in practice is perhaps the greatest unintended consequence of FMLA, and surely was not the intent of Congress.  Maternity Leave: Policy and Practice, Second Edition approaches parental leave from a variety of perspectives: legal, political, social, institutional, organizational, and most importantly, from the personal perspectives of the women and men interviewed expressly for the book. 

This second edition offers two new chapters: the first puts the issue of maternity leave within the context of work/life balance issues, and the second explores case studies from states, cities, and private organizations. Incorporating new census data, related reports, and academic studies, authors Victoria Gordon and Beth Rauhaus utilize relevant and cutting-edge research in their exploration of parental leave, but they enrich this research with the individual stories of ordinary working parents, as well as those who choose not to have children.  Assuming no prior specialized knowledge, this book can be assigned on a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses in politics, public policy, public administration, gender studies, and human resource management. 

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