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The proportion of employees with caring responsibilities is growing and, as a result, policies that support working carers are becoming increasingly important.
Written and informed by national experts, this is the first publication to provide a detailed examination of the development and implementation of carer leave policies and policies in 9 countries across Asia, Oceania, Europe and North America.
It compares the origins, content and implications of national policies and practices intended to enable workers to provide care to family members and friends while remaining in paid employment —known as ‘carer leave’.
Janet Fast is Professor in the Department of Human Ecology at the University of Alberta.
Kate Hamblin is Senior Research Fellow in the Interdisciplinary Centre of the Social Sciences at the University of Sheffield.
Jason Heyes is Professor of Employment Relations in the Management School at the University of Sheffield.
1.Introduction: Kate Hamblin, Jason Heyes and Janet Fast
2.Finland: Emilia Leinonen
3.Sweden: Linnéa Aldman, Eva Sennemark and Elizabeth Hanson
4.Australia: Kate O’Loughlin and Alison Williams
5.The United Kingdom: Kate Hamblin, Jason Heyes and Camille Allard
6.Canada: Janet Fast and Jacquie Eales
7.Germany: Andreas Hoff and Katja Knauthe
8.Japan: Shingou Ikeda
9.Slovenia: Tatjana Rakar, Maša Filipovič Hrast and Valentina Hlebec
10.Poland: Jolanta Perek-Białas and Anna Ruzik-Sierdzińska
11.Conclusion: Critical comparative analysis: Similarities, differences and lessons learned: Kate Hamblin, Jason Heyes and Janet Fast