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How to Exercise Flexible Work: Take Steps with a "Soft Touch" Law

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Publication Date: June 2005

Publisher(s): Center for Law and Social Policy

Author(s): Jodie Levin-Epstein

Special Collection: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Topic: Labor (Work design)

Type: Brief

Coverage: Great Britain


In the U.K., a new "soft touch" law gives some employees the right to ask their employers for a change in work arrangements. This brief, the third in the Work-Life Balance Series, describes how U.K. employers partnered with government on work-life balance, highlights findings about flexible work, and identifies issues to explore in any U.S. adaptation.

The supplementary file is an annotated version of this brief which also includes an appendix of U.K. surveys on the soft touch law.