Understanding the Effects of Local Schedule Stability Laws in Employers, Workers, and Families
(Employment and Training Programs)
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This panel has great potential to fill gaps in the current law and social science literature and advance knowledge among legal scholars, social scientists, and policymakers, by providing critical information about the impact of SSL on employer behavior affecting the day-to-day work experiences and well-being of workers, and the effects of schedule instability on the behavior of low-wage workers and their families. The papers each test whether SSL achieves its intended goal of reducing involuntary work schedule instability. The Schneider et al. paper examines work conditions using a difference-in-difference approach in Seattle, WA. The Ananat and Gassman-Pines paper examines work conditions and family functioning through a combined daily diary and difference-in-difference approach in Emeryville, CA. The Lambert and Haley paper examines how managers have tried to implement SSL-compliant scheduling practices through surveys and in-depth interviews. By combining evidence from these three complementary studies, the panel will shed light on whether a novel type of local regulation can improve worker and family outcomes by improving previously unregulated aspects of working conditions. This set of papers provide the first evaluations of local schedule stability legislation. Findings will inform policymaking in other cities that are considering such legislation.