Labor Schedule Stability
Topic Schedule Stability

Over the past several decades, employers have used new developments in scheduling software to implement “just-in-time” schedules, canceling or creating shifts with little notice in response to changes in product shipments, customer traffic, and even weather. These scheduling practices shift the risk of doing business away from firms and onto U.S. workers and their families. Equitable Growth is working to build the evidence base on how these scheduling practices—and the interventions designed to curb them—affect workers, their families, and the economy as a whole, and what measures can be put into place to provide schedule stability.

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New research explains how better-quality work schedules increase U.S. retail workers’ productivity and store profits

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New research shows unstable schedules do not offer more flexibility for U.S. workers

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Factsheet: Six frequently asked questions about schedule quality and Fair Workweek laws across the United States

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Unboxing scheduling practices for U.S. warehouse workers

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How U.S. workers’ just-in-time schedules perpetuate racial and ethnic inequality

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Extensive nonstandard work hours among U.S. low-income mothers hinder their kids’ enrollment in center-based childcare

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New research explains how better-quality work schedules increase U.S. retail workers’ productivity and store profits

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New research shows Fair Workweek laws ensure workers have more predictable schedules without sacrificing their hours worked

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New research shows unstable schedules do not offer more flexibility for U.S. workers

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Factsheet: Six frequently asked questions about schedule quality and Fair Workweek laws across the United States

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Compensation for Unstable and Unpredictable Work Schedules: Evidence from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1997 Cohort

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Exploring the impact of automation and new technologies on the future of U.S. workers and their families

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Testimony by Michelle Holder before the Joint Economic Committee

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New study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows schedule stability supports U.S. workers and the broader economy

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Minimum Wages and Employment Composition

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Equitable Growth event will explore the impact of technology in the workplace and potential for advancing worker power

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