Store International Work-Life Balance in the Modern Workplace
Work-Life Balance in the Modern Workplace. by BLANPAIN

Work-Life Balance in the Modern Workplace

Edited by Sarah De Groof


This product is available for the standing order program.
Add to Cart
* For general delivery times, please see our Shipping Policy

Bulletin of Comparative Labour Relations Volume 98

Work-Life Balance in the Modern Workplace. Interdisciplinary Perspectives from Work-Family Research, Law and Policy 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.

Last Updated 06/09/2017
Update Frequency As Needed
Product Line Kluwer Law International
ISBN 9789041186300
SKU 10059623-0001
Table of Contents

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