Evaluating the Philadelphia Fair Workweek Standard to Identify the Consequences of Scheduling Regulation on Workers and Families

We are evaluating a new labor law, the Fair Workweek Standard, which went into effect January 1, 2020 in Philadelphia. The law aims to deter unpredictable scheduling practices, in which employers shift the burden of volatile customer demand to hourly workers by canceling or changing work schedules at the last minute. The research project uses an innovative daily diary methodology to gather daily reports from 1,000 low-wage working parents in Philadelphia about work schedule unpredictability, pay, and worker and family mental health. Daily reports are gathered over two one-month periods, once prior to the schedule stability law taking effect and once after the law is implemented. We utilize a unique daily survey tool that our research team created and extensively piloted. No other researchers examining work conditions and family health are utilizing this type of data collection method.