Statutory Routes to Workplace Flexibility in Cross-National Perspective

Statutory Routes to Workplace Flexibility in Cross-National Perspective

In the United States and many other high-income nations, employers are facing a dramatic increase in the number of older workers and a slowdown in labor force growth. And while demand for more flexible work arrangements has increased, developments in the workplace are not keeping up changing workforce demographics. A new report from the Institute for Women's Policy Research and the University of California's Center for WorkLife Law argues that creating opportunities for workers to change their work arrangements in order to better balance the demands of work and family and facilitate lifelong learning can improve work/life quality, helps foster economic growth and prosperity, and contributes to gender equality. The report, Statutory Routes to Workplace Flexibility in Cross-National Perspective (44 pages, PDF), looks at what governments in twenty-one high-income countries, including the United States, are doing to speed up the pace of workplace change.