Employment regulation and worker-carers: reproducing gender inequality in the domestic and market spheres?

Charlesworth, S and Macdonald, F 2017, 'Employment regulation and worker-carers: reproducing gender inequality in the domestic and market spheres?' in D. Peetz and G. Murray (ed.) Women, Labor Segmentation and Regulation: Varieties of Gender Gaps, Palgrave Macmillan, New York, United States, pp. 79-96.


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Title Employment regulation and worker-carers: reproducing gender inequality in the domestic and market spheres?
Author(s) Charlesworth, S
Macdonald, F
Year 2017
Title of book Women, Labor Segmentation and Regulation: Varieties of Gender Gaps
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Place of publication New York, United States
Editor(s) D. Peetz and G. Murray
Start page 79
End page 96
Subjects Gender Specific Studies
Industrial Relations
Social Policy
Summary This chapter examines how regulatory interventions such as unpaid parental leave, personal/carer's leave, and a limited right to request flexible work arrangements have been used to mitigate some of the gendered consequences of the interaction of the domestic and market spheres. Our analysis, which focuses on the Australian case, suggests that such accommodations have not progressed gender equality but have worked to "adapt" worker-carers to the demands of substantially unchanged workplaces and regulation. These institutions remain organized around the "ideal" male worker with few care responsibilities and thus reinforce the gendered division of labor in the workplace and the home. The case of paid care work draws attention to how employment regulation can reproduce the gendered undervaluation of non-standard work and shape outcomes for women.
Copyright notice © The Author(s) 2017
Keyword(s) employment regulation
worker-carers
Australia
gender equality
DOI - identifier 10.1057/978-1-137-55495-6_5
ISBN 9781137561220
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