Work Schedules and Working Families: Solutions to a Growing Problem

Source: Sherry Leiwant, Carrie Gleason & Shawn Sebastian, Clearinghouse Review, June 2015

Workers’ control over their schedules and abusive scheduling practices have grown more significant as the American workforce has changed over the last decade, with women becoming half of all workers and the tremendous growth of hourly low-wage work. Here we lay out the economic context for scheduling problems, discuss the few laws that reach work schedules, and outline some of the recent proposed policy solutions to these emerging problems.