The Effects of the Emeryville Fair Workweek Ordinance on the Daily Lives of Low-Wage Workers and Their Families

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Emeryville, California's Fair Workweek Ordinance (FWO) aimed to reduce service workers' schedule unpredictability by requiring large retail and food service employers to provide advanced notice of schedules and to compensate workers for last-minute schedule changes. From ninety-six workers with young children (N = 78 in longitudinal analyses; 58 percent working in regulated businesses at baseline), this study gathered daily reports of work schedule unpredictability and worker and family well-being over three waves before and after FWO implementation. The FWO decreased working parents' schedule unpredictability and improved their well-being relative to those in similar jobs at unregulated establishments. The FWO also decreased parents' days worked while increasing hours per work day, leaving total hours roughly unchanged. Finally, parent well-being improved and declines in sleep difficulty were significant.

Full Text

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Ananat, EO; Gassman-Pines, A; Fitz-Henley, JA

Published Date

  • August 1, 2022

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 8 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 45 - 66

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2377-8261

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 2377-8253

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.7758/RSF.2022.8.5.03

Citation Source

  • Scopus