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Problems with paid maternity leave among employers in female-dominated industries

Huuskonen, Anna LU (2017) STVK02 20171
Department of Political Science
Abstract
This qualitative case study focused on three companies from three different industries, all representing a different sized employer in Finland. What the companies have in common, is that they are all female-dominated. The study aimed to provide a description on the problems that these employers in female-dominated industries face, when it comes to paid maternity leave. To answer this question, the study carried our three unstructured interviews, and found that all participants – a small law firm, a Fortune 2000 company in the service industry, and a retail company listed on NASDAQ Helsinki – all share some problems with paid maternity leave. After completing the interviews procedure, the study found that (i) the unpredictability of... (More)
This qualitative case study focused on three companies from three different industries, all representing a different sized employer in Finland. What the companies have in common, is that they are all female-dominated. The study aimed to provide a description on the problems that these employers in female-dominated industries face, when it comes to paid maternity leave. To answer this question, the study carried our three unstructured interviews, and found that all participants – a small law firm, a Fortune 2000 company in the service industry, and a retail company listed on NASDAQ Helsinki – all share some problems with paid maternity leave. After completing the interviews procedure, the study found that (i) the unpredictability of maternity leaves and their lengths is a problem to Finnish some employers. (ii) Some small firms find it problematic to hire young woman in birth-giving age due to the costs associated with it, whereas (iii) some large companies find the extra costs of recruitment fees, administrative fees, the difficulty of finding substitutes for the duration of maternity leaves, familiarizing both the old and the new, as problematic. (iv) Some companies have a problem with having to focus a lot of energy on internal management, instead of the profitable aspects of the business, and (v) how maternity leaves in female-dominated fields are linked to problems in occupational well-being. The three companies also agreed that (vii) the problems with paid parental leave are somewhat gendered. (Less)
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Huuskonen, Anna LU
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A case study on 3 companies in Finland.
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STVK02 20171
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M2 - Bachelor Degree
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gender equality, Finland, female-dominated industries, paid maternity leave
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English
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8905153
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2017-05-10 14:42:27
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  abstract     = {This qualitative case study focused on three companies from three different industries, all representing a different sized employer in Finland. What the companies have in common, is that they are all female-dominated. The study aimed to provide a description on the problems that these employers in female-dominated industries face, when it comes to paid maternity leave. To answer this question, the study carried our three unstructured interviews, and found that all participants – a small law firm, a Fortune 2000 company in the service industry, and a retail company listed on NASDAQ Helsinki – all share some problems with paid maternity leave. After completing the interviews procedure, the study found that (i) the unpredictability of maternity leaves and their lengths is a problem to Finnish some employers. (ii) Some small firms find it problematic to hire young woman in birth-giving age due to the costs associated with it, whereas (iii) some large companies find the extra costs of recruitment fees, administrative fees, the difficulty of finding substitutes for the duration of maternity leaves, familiarizing both the old and the new, as problematic. (iv) Some companies have a problem with having to focus a lot of energy on internal management, instead of the profitable aspects of the business, and (v) how maternity leaves in female-dominated fields are linked to problems in occupational well-being. The three companies also agreed that (vii) the problems with paid parental leave are somewhat gendered.},
  author       = {Huuskonen, Anna},
  keyword      = {gender equality,Finland,female-dominated industries,paid maternity leave},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Problems with paid maternity leave among employers in female-dominated industries},
  year         = {2017},
}