Does Leave Work?


Does Leave Work
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Heleen van Luijn Saskia Keuzenkamp
Publication date
14 May 2004
Family, Social Renewal, Women, Care
Number of pages

More and more people have to combine work and care responsibilities, and work part-time or use daycare and after-school care facilities to help them do so. The Work and Care Act, which came into force on 1 December 2001, combined all the existing schemes - such as parental and maternity leave - and introduced new schemes, such as paternity leave for fathers after the birth of their child and care leave to nurse sick relatives on a short-term basis.
Besides these statutory rights to certain forms of leave, some collective labour agreements and internal company agreements include arrangements for part-time working, leave and childcare. Little is known about employees' need for and use of work-care schemes. More information is needed for the proper evaluation of government policy in this area.
Does Leave Work? reports the results of a large-scale representative survey of people in paid employment who were asked about their need for and use of the various schemes, and the factors that influence them.