Unions as Facilitators of Employment Rights: An Analysis of Individuals' Awareness of Parental Leave in the NLSY
Posted: 4 Jan 2009
Date Written: December 30, 2008
This study considers the role of unions and individual characteristics as facilitators of knowledge among employees concerning labor rights. Labor policy by itself is often meaningless without mechanisms that allow implementation of such policy. Using the NLSY, individuals that are entitled to parental leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act but are ignorant of their right were identified. Using longitudinal data from 1992 until 2002, we find that union members' knowledge regarding their rights is better than that of nonunion members. Other individual and work characteristics are also associated with knowledge regarding parental leave rights.
Keywords: Unions, employment rights, parental leave
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