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Care and social integration in European societies$
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Birgit Pfau-Effinger and Birgit Geissler

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9781861346049

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861346049.001.0001

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Family leave and employment in the EU: transition of working mothers in and out of employment

Family leave and employment in the EU: transition of working mothers in and out of employment

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(p.255) Thirteen Family leave and employment in the EU: transition of working mothers in and out of employment
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Care and social integration in European societies
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Anita Haataja

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861346049.003.0013

This chapter discusses the problems of producing and presenting the employment status of those parents who take advantage of any kind of statutory family leave. It also describes the way in which definitions of employment, unemployment and opting out of employment have been criticised from the gender perspective. The current definitions of how people on family leave are supposed to be classified in labour force statistics, and what practical problems there are in different countries, are explained. Moreover, the chapter shows the similarities and differences in present leave schemes and that classifications between activity or inactivity vary across the European Union member states. The conclusion drawn from the problems presented is that more ‘visible’ take-up rates of different kinds of family leave would give more accurate information of the labour market situation of mothers and fathers than the currently available statistics.

Keywords:   family leave, employment, working mothers, European Union, labour market, unemployment

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