The Time Provisions

  • Eugenia Caracciolo di Torella
  • Annick Masselot


Having explored the role of the leave provisions in the previous chapter, this chapter focuses on flexibility and its implications for the reconciliation discourse. The term ‘flexibility’ was initially employed to describe working hours over and above normal ones.383 Today the term has a more general connotation and indicates any job which does not conform to the standard 9-to-5 full-time work pattern and includes, for example, part-time work and fixed-term contracts.384 Employees who are not performing open-ended and/or full-time contracts are often referred to as ‘atypical workers’. Thus, for the purposes of this chapter, ‘flexibility’, ‘flexible’ and ‘atypical working arrangements’ are used interchangeably.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eugenia Caracciolo di Torella
    • 1
  • Annick Masselot
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.University of LeicesterUK
  2. 2.University of LeedsUK
  3. 3.University of CanterburyNew Zealand

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