Parents and work

October 14, 1998

These are excerpts from "Working Fathers: New Strategies for Balancing Work and Family," by James Levine, (Harcourt Brace & Co.):

Households headed by single fathers are the fastest growing type in the United States. While the numbers are small -- an estimated 1.4 million in 1995 -- single-dad households are expected to grow by 14 percent by 2000.

More mothers and fathers are working at home. In 1996, 47.4 million people were working at home, up 29 percent from 1989.

In the United States, 1 percent of fathers in the public or private sector are eligible for paid paternity leave, compared with 3 percent of mothers in the private sector and 1 percent of mothers in the public sector.

In 1979, unpaid parental leave at AT&T was taken on a 400-to-1 female to male ratio; today, it's 18-to-1.

Sixty-eight percent of the dads whose children were enrolled in corporate-sponsored child-care centers said their productivity increased as a result of the on-site care, according to a 1994 KinderCare survey.

After Nabisco employees cited control over time as their No. 1 worry, the company began offering flexible schedules to recruit and retain top employees. An estimated 66 percent of U.S. companies were offering flexible work options by 1995, but men are still less likely to take advantage of these programs than women.

Pub Date: 10/14/98

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