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The right to request flexible working; A 'very British' approach to gender (in)equality

Himmelweit, Susan (2007). The right to request flexible working; A 'very British' approach to gender (in)equality. Australian Bulletin of Labour, 33(2) pp. 246–263.

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Abstract

The UK has introduced an unusual right for parents of young children to be able to request a change to their working arrangements, and an obligation on employers to consider such requests seriously. This paper examines why such a right was adopted in the UK, and assesses its impact. Different models of gender equality are examined and the argument made that movement towards a universal care-giver/ worker model is likely to be the most effective way of promoting gender equality, particularly in the UK context. The paper goes on to consider whether and under what conditions the right to request flexible working can contribute to furthering gender equality through such a model in the UK and similar societies.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2007 National Institute of Labour Studies
ISSN: 0311-6336
Academic Unit/Department: Social Sciences > Economics
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG)
Innovation, Knowledge & Development research centre (IKD)
Item ID: 17393
Depositing User: Users 4807 not found.
Date Deposited: 14 Jul 2009 12:33
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2012 05:25
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/17393
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