EINet sponsors two sessions at the upcoming Work and Family Researchers Network Conference

June 7, 2016

EINet sponsors two panels at the upcoming Work and Family Researchers Network Conference on June 23-25, 2016, at the Capitol Hilton in Washington D.C. 

Behind the Scenes of Fair Workweek Legislation: Improving Work  Schedules for Vulnerable Workers
Thursday, June 23rd 9-10:30AM

Organizer:  Susan Lambert, University of Chicago Employment Instability, Family Well-Being, and Social Policy Scholars Network (EINet)

This panel focuses on how researchers, policy advocates, labor groups, and Hill staff are working together  to advance evidence‐based policy on workplace scheduling in the US. Scheduling legislation has been  enacted in San Francisco and introduced into Congress and in over ten states and municipalities. The  members of this panel have been intimately involved in shaping this legislation and will discuss both the  politics and the pragmatics of moving scheduling legislation forward. A particular focus of the panel will  be on the type of research that has been useful, and what research is still needed, in helping inform  provisions of the legislation and in making the case for new workweek standards.

  • Rachel Deutsch, Center for Popular Democracy
  • Jodie Levin‐Epstein, Center for Law and Social Policy
  • Leticia Mederos, US Senate
  • Elizabeth Watson, US House of Representatives

Capturing Employment and Work Hours Instability in New, National  Polling Efforts: Insights and Implications

Friday, June 24  1:00PM-2:30PM

This symposium will focus on defining and measuring the types, degree and incidence of employment instability. The EINet Measurement Working Group has developed innovative ways of measuring employment instability, its various dimensions, and its sources.  With the help of Dean Debnam, CEO of Public Policy Polling, the group has fielded a series of polls that examine contingent work, overemployment and underemployment, work schedules and scheduling practices, and worker voice.  The symposium will draw on the results of state polls and existing national data to show how existing survey questions commonly employed in US surveys uncover or obscure the nature, degree, and incidence of employment instability and the structures through which today’s workers evince voice.

Worker Voice and New Forms of Organizing   
  • Peter Berg, Michigan State University

Quantity Control: The Struggle to Manage the Amount of Time Devoted to Paid Work   
  • Lonnie  Golden, Penn State University ‐ Abington College
  • Elaine McCrate, University of  Vermont
  • Jeremy Edward Reynolds, University of Georgia

Measuring Precarious Work Schedules   
  • Susan Lambert, University of Chicago
  • Julia R. Henly, University of Chicago

Estimating the Prevalence of Workplace Violations  
  • Ruth Milkman, CUNY ‐ Graduate Center