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Abstract: There has been increasing concern among employers, workers and trade unions about pressures placed on workers by the mismatch between work requirements and domestic roles in the UK. The issues of overwork, lengthening working time and work-life balance have risen to the top of the Government's political agenda and the Employment Act 2002 has given working parents for the first time the right to request flexible working arrangements. There have also been improvements in legislation governing maternity leave provision; new entitlements to parental leave; and new rights for part-time workers. These new rights have their origins, to a greater or lesser extent, in European Directives requiring member states to adopt such policies. These have provided a stimulus to employers to seek new ways to integrate work and family roles. This article is based on secondary sources and examines the context for this new concern with worklife balance; the Government's views and the legislation which has emerged as a result; the range of policies and practices being adopted by UK employers; and the degree to which such policies have been successful.

To cite this article: Stanworth, Celia; Wergin, Niels-Erik and White, Geoff. Work-family Integration in the UK - a Review [online]. International Employment Relations Review, Vol. 12, No. 2, 2006: 19-31. Availability: <;dn=510058362435132;res=IELBUS> ISSN: 1324-1125. [cited 01 Dec 15].

Personal Author: Stanworth, Celia; Wergin, Niels-Erik; White, Geoff; Source: International Employment Relations Review, Vol. 12, No. 2, 2006: 19-31 Document Type: Journal Article ISSN: 1324-1125 Subject: Labor laws and legislation; Job stress; Industrial relations; Employee rights; Work and family; Peer Reviewed: Yes Affiliation: (1) University of Greenwich, England
(2) University of Greenwich, England
(3) University of Greenwich, England

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