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“…choose not to participate” (Opt, 2004).

Used in the 2003 New York Times Magazine article “The Opt-Out Revolution” in reference to “educated professional women” who have “scaled down or redefined their roles in the crucial career-building years (25-44)” (Belkin). The women profiled and discussed in this article left prestigious, high-paying jobs, temporarily or permanently, to care for their children at home full time.

Related: Opt-Out Provision
An employer benefit plan provision that offers cash, extra benefits or additional credits in return for an employee reducing the level of benefits he or she selects under a flexible benefit/cafeteria-style program or providing extra cash compensation to those employees who choose not to elect any benefit coverage.” (Society for Human Resource Management)

Glossary Source: 

opt v.intr." The Oxford American dictionary of current English. (1999). [Online]. Oxford University Press. Oxford Reference Online. BLC Boston College Libraries. Retrieved June 8, 2005, from http://www.oxfordreference.com/views/ENTRY.html?entry=t21.e21451&srn=1&ssid=495037370#FIRSTHIT.

Belkin, L. (2003, October 26). The opt-out revolution. The New York Times Magazine, p. 42.

Society for Human Resource Management. (n.d.). Glossary. Retrieved August 16, 2005, from http://www.shrm.org/TemplatesTools/Glossaries/HRTerms/Pages/o.aspx