Brief Nonstandard Work Schedules and the Well-being of Low-Income Families
Maria E. Enchautegui
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In 201011, 28 percent of lower-income workers, and 20 percent of all workers, worked most of their hours between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. or on weekends. The occupations and industries with the most nonstandard-schedule workers are among the lowest paid and among those with the most expected employment growth by 2020. These workers have to arrange child care when most centers are closed, commute when public transportation is less available, and carve out time with family, while often working irregular schedules with no paid time off. Work support strategies, workplace development, and schools can help work-family balance.

Research Areas Wealth and financial well-being Families Social safety net Children and youth
Tags Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Economic well-being Employment and income data Child care Job quality and workplace standards Families with low incomes Alternative or nonstandard work arrangements