Family Leave: A Policy Concept Made in America


  • Elizabeth Rudd

Document type: Encyclopedia Entry

Appears in: Work and Family Encyclopedia

Year: 2004


  • Gender
  • Leave
  • Parenting
  • Public Policy
  • Roles


  • Education
  • Family Studies


“Family leave” is a policy concept that bundles together several different family-related reasons for taking time off from work. Conventionally it refers to taking time off from work for childbirth, care of an infant, bonding with an adopted child, or care of a sick child, spouse, or parent. Reasons for leave under the rubric of “family leave” include, but are not limited to, childbirth, recovery from childbirth, and care of an infant. Concepts related to family leave are maternity, paternity, and parental leave, which provide for taking time off from work to care for an infant or young child. Pregnancy disability leave allows a woman to recover physically from childbirth.

Link:Family_Leave_America encyclopedia