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Working Time and Work-Life Balance
Working time and work-life balance

In the United States and Britain, as well as in other advanced economies, there has been intense debate about the time demands and pressures of work and their impact on employees’ ability to coordinate their work and non-work commitments. Such concerns have surfaced in the argument that employees are experiencing a ’ time squeeze’ (Hochschild, 1997), with some commentators pronouncing that people are indeed ’ fighting for time’ (Epstein and Kalleberg, 2004). An important consequence of this debate is that governments and employers have become increasingly more involved in formulating and implementing policies designed to enhance the ability of employees to manage their work and family/life demands.

Within this context, the chapter discusses key developments in working ...

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