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    Some firms are also giving workers more lead time on their schedules, a problem for many low-wage hourly workers who then must secure family care on short notice. A typical retail schedule for the week beginning on a Sunday can be posted as late as the Thursday before.

    Companies in industries that rely heavily on hourly or low-wage workers, such as manufacturing, retail, food service, hospitality, health care and call centers, are exploring ways to provide more scheduling flexibility and control to a population that has rarely been offered such workplace benefits.

    Some companies, such as health-care provider Kaiser Permanente and hotelier Marriott International, have implemented a range of innovative policies for their hourly staffers, such as providing paid time off in shorter, part-day increments, so workers can manage doctor or school appointments without having to take an entire day off. They are also providing more leeway on start and end times—allowing workers to shift their start time earlier to be available for a school pickup, for instance.

    Some firms are also giving workers more lead time on their schedules, a problem for many low-wage hourly workers who then must secure family care on short notice. A typical retail schedule for the week beginning on a Sunday can be posted as late as the Thursday before.

    According to a recent study of 648 low-wage, hourly workers, roughly half had “little or no” control over their schedules and nearly a third were required to work overtime with scant notice, says Jennifer Swanberg, associate professor in the College of Social Work at the University of Kentucky.

    All this can lead to high rates of absenteeism and turnover in businesses that rely heavily on hourly workers. One study found that 30% of workers took time off the job due to family-care responsibilities during a single week, says Joan C. Williams, a professor at the University of California Hastings College of the Law, who studies work-life issues.

    Read Full Article in Wall Street Journal.com

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    Calvin Wilson
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