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Work and Organisational Studies

Future trends in the regulatory reform of work-life balance in the UK

Dr Ian Roper, Middlesex University

21st Apr 2010  12:30 pm - 02:00 pm

This paper will provide an overview of the development in state interventions aimed at supporting work-life balance rights for employees in the UK. It will overview the origins of the 'New Labour' policy framework - which is rooted in the pre-existing policy framework, influenced by the ambiguous relationship with the European Union and presented in a way intended to emphasise a 'business case'. A brief review of the author's previous findings, in relation to the 'business case' rationale, will be made before providing an overview of the current position is in relation to employee rights and where the main political parties are on the issue on the eve of a general election.