How Might Information Bolster Anti-Discrimination Laws to Promote More Family-Friendly Workplaces? Encouraging and Enabling Compliance

Journal of Industrial Relations, Vol. 56, No. 4, pp. 547-565, 2014

Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 16/71

22 Pages Posted: 18 Aug 2016

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Belinda Smith

The University of Sydney Law School; University of California, Berkeley - Berkeley Center on Comparative Equality & Anti-Discrimination Law

Date Written: August 14, 2016

Abstract

Anti-discrimination laws by themselves have proved ineffective at countering discrimination against women and workers with caring responsibilities. This paper recommends ways that anti-discrimination laws can be made more effective by combining them with tools of information such as guidance materials. It examines possible reasons for non-compliance and how different types of guidance materials could help address these compliance barriers. Ultimately however, to achieve equality organisations have to look within and produce local and contextual information about how discrimination manifests and can be addressed and this requires more than the provision of information by external agencies.

Keywords: Discrimination, Family, Gender Equality, Informational Regulation, Law

JEL Classification: K10, K30, K31, K36

Suggested Citation

Smith, Belinda M., How Might Information Bolster Anti-Discrimination Laws to Promote More Family-Friendly Workplaces? Encouraging and Enabling Compliance (August 14, 2016). Journal of Industrial Relations, Vol. 56, No. 4, pp. 547-565, 2014, Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 16/71, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2823216

Belinda M. Smith (Contact Author)

The University of Sydney Law School ( email )

New Law Building, F10
The University of Sydney
Sydney, NSW 2006
Australia

University of California, Berkeley - Berkeley Center on Comparative Equality & Anti-Discrimination Law

Boalt Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720-7200
United States

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