Gender Implications of New Zealand’s Gender-Neutral Law and Policies on Work-Life Balance
New Zealand’s approach to work-life balance is somewhat unique because it is claimed to neither be about women, nor about families (Department of Labour 2009). Nevertheless, critical legal analysis reveals that New Zealand’s approaches to family and workplace challenges is underpinned by patriarchal values favouring traditional family compositions and gender roles. This, ultimately also impacts directly on the way individual employers and workers are able to negotiate private and employments responsibilities. This paper explores the legal principles required for adequate work-life balance and their implications for the New Zealand legal order.