Uncertain schedules come with income fluctuations for low-wage workers

A new piece from Brookings finds that 40 percent of wage and salary workers know their work schedule less than one month in advance. Workers with no college experience and Hispanic and Latino workers are especially likely to face variable schedules, largely due to these workers’ concentration in industries that make use of this kind of scheduling. With fluctuating schedules come changes to paychecks and safety net program eligibility, which most affects the families who are least able to buffer this uncertainty with savings. The authors review proposed legislation to restrict uncertain scheduling and highlight corporate successes with stable scheduling (including reduced absenteeism and turnover at Walmart). #racialequity #workforce

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