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Firms and parental justice: should firms contribute to the cost of parenthood and procreation?

  • Sandrine Blanc (a1) (a2) and Tim Meijers (a3) (a4)
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This article asks whether firms should contribute to the costs of procreation and parenthood. We explore two sets of arguments. First, we ask what the principle of fair play – central in parental justice debates – implies. We argue that if one defends a pro-sharing view, firms are required to shoulder part of the costs of procreation and parenthood. Second, we turn to the principle of fair equality of opportunity. We argue that compensating firms for costs they incur because their employees decide to procreate or parent may undermine some of the incentives leading to (statistical) discrimination in the workplace.

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Both authors have contributed equally to this paper and are listed in alphabetical order.

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