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Maternity Leave Policy and Practice

ISBN-10: 1466573589
ISBN-13: 9781466573581
Edition: 2013
Authors: Victoria Gordon
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Description: This book examines contemporary maternity leave. It covers the historical and current public policies and their legislative intent, the parameters of maternity leave as a public health issue, and types of leave offered as employee benefits. The book  More...

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Book details

List price: $62.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 6/10/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 328
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

This book examines contemporary maternity leave. It covers the historical and current public policies and their legislative intent, the parameters of maternity leave as a public health issue, and types of leave offered as employee benefits. The book also offers an illuminating perspective on how the policies of maternity leave play out in the practice of common lives. The author interviews professional women spanning public and private sector jobs with low and high income and at different ages and family circumstance.

List of Figures
List of Tables
Preface
Acknowledgments
The Author
Introduction: What Have We Done to Our Daughters?
Maternity Leave-An Unresolved Conversation?
Are Maternity Leave Expectations and Realities Mismatched?
References
Background: Understanding the Legislative Intent and Symbolism of Public Policies
In the Beginning: The Pregnancy Discrimination Act
The Tax Code and Child Care and Child Tax Credits
The Promises and Problems of the Family and Medical Leave Act
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
The Economic, Social, and Symbolic Implications of Maternity Leave Policies
Appendix
References
The Evolution and Devolution of Maternity Leave as an Employee Benefit
Trends in Birthrates, Fertility Rates, Employment Patterns, and Use of Maternity Leave Benefits
Types of Maternity Leave Taken-Paid and Unpaid
Types of Paternity and Parental Leave Policies
Examples of Maternity Leave Policies
Antenatal Leave and Short-Term Disability Leave
No Leave and Permanent Exit from the Workplace
References
Women's Health Care and the Workplace
Health Insurance for Women of Childbearing Age
Fertility Issues
Intended and Unintended Pregnancies
Pregnancy and Work
Pregnancy and Factors Impacting Infant Mortality
Delivery
Maternity Leave and Infant Mortality
Mother's Return to Work and Breast-Feeding
Well-Baby Doctor Visits
Postpartum Issues
Optimal Length of Maternity Leave
The Baby's Perspective
The Need for a Holistic Approach to Women's Health
References
Research Approach
The Methodology: Why Qualitative Research?
Analysis of the Interviews
Study Limitations
The Participants: Who Are These Women?
Description of the In-Depth Interview Questions
References
The Interviews: Profiles of Women and Their Perceptions and Experiences
Employees of Public Universities
Employees of Private Universities I83
Employees of the Pharmaceutical Industry
References
The Themes: How Women Cope with the Myths and Realities of Maternity Leave
Inconsistencies in Administration of Maternity Leave Policies
It Is All in the Timing
Transition Back to Work
Child Care
Breast-Feeding, Pumping, and the Workplace
Unmet Needs and Professional Concerns
The Other Voices
Students Who Are Mothers: Is It Better to Have Children at a Younger Age?
Fathers Who Utilized Paternity Leave
Challenges Faced by Same-Sex Couples Who Decide to Become Parents
Women Who Decided Not to Have Children
Unsupportive versus Supportive Colleagues-The Stereotypes and Biases
Administrative Views-Rules versus Discretion
Appendix
References
An International Comparison-The Other Kingdoms
What Maternity Leave, Paternity Leave, and Parental Leave Benefits Are Offered in Other Countries?
Why Is the United States Lagging behind Other Countries in Providing Maternity Leave Benefits?
References
Conclusion: Can the Fairy Tale Be Realized or Should It Be Rewritten?
What Are the Obstacles to a Happy Ending for Our Daughters?
What Can We Reasonably Expect to Change within Our Organizations?
What Is Best for Society?
Restoring the Fairy Tale
References
Index

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