The Effects of Scheduling Stability Legislation on Family Functioning: A Combined Event Study and Daily Diary Study of Workers in Emeryville, CA

The issue of so-called “on-call scheduling,” in which employers facing variable customer demand minimize labor costs by requiring workers to be available for work but not compensating them for their availability when not needed, is receiving national attention. Several localities have considered legislation to require large employers to commit to schedules with two or more weeks’ notice and compensate employees for changes. Thus far only three localities have actually passed such legislation, including Emeryville, CA, where last fall the city council passed the Fair Workweek Ordinance (FWO), which will go into effect on July 1, 2017. The proposed project will evaluate the impact of the FWO on the day-to-day health and well-being of low-income Emeryville workers and their families.