Simultaneous participation in paid work and family life is the âbarbecue stopperâ question of 2005, as Prime Minister Howard termed it recently.
Many of the issues still concern the friendliness of the workplace towards women, who remain the primary carers of children in a majority of cases. But the juxtaposition of work and family is no longer only a women and childrenâs issue. Care of the elderly at home is increasing and there is also a growing number of males involved in primary care.
Work, Family and the Law is a special issue Volume 23 No 1 of the journal Law in Context.
Work, Family and the Law weighs the performance of the (now declining) industrial tribunals, the private bargaining between employers and workers and also the courts in their employment jurisdiction. Comparisons are made between Australia and other countries, particularly in Europe. Avenues of promise and areas of particular concern are indicated in the context of the looming great changes in Australian industrial relations.
Table of Contents
Indirect Discrimination and the Worker-Carer: Itâs just not working
K Lee Adams
Parental Leave in Australia: The Role of the Industrial Relations System
Challenging the Constitution of the (White and Straight) Family in Work and Family Scholarship
Managing Work and Family in the âShadowâ of Anti-discrimination Law
The Role of Work/Family Discourse in Strengthening Traditional Working Time Laws: Some Lessons from the On-Call Work Debate
Rethinking Place of Work: Federal Labour Law Framework for Contemporary Home-Based Work and its Prospects in Australia
Contracting for Work / Life Balance
Deconstructing the Heteronormative Worker or Queering a Jurisprudence of Labour: A Case Study of Family and Personal/Carerâs Leave in Australian Labour Law