Uncertain work schedules linked to food and housing insecurity, anxiety in kids


James Myall, a policy analyst with the Maine Center for Economic Policy, said that these outcomes are especially relevant in Maine given that 128,000 of the state’s workers have their daily schedules dictated to them by their employers — a rate higher than the national average. 

“We hear this argument from businesses on these scheduling practices, that it’s their business model, effectively,” Myall said. “Sometimes we hear them say that flexibility is a thing their employees like. I think the good thing about this report is that it shows that these practices have real impacts on workers and their families, and it’s not about flexibility.” 

Click here to read the full story, first published October 16, 2019, in Beacon.