Time

lustration by serge bloch for time

Time-logoA TALE OF TWO SUMMERS FOR PARENTS

by Belinda Luscombe / 

It’s not just the heat that makes this season frustrating. It’s the scheduling.

Age is a factor here. More than 45% of hourly workers whose income falls at or below minimum wage are older than 40, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and more than half are women. Harrell is 46. Parents in that type of job are caught in a double bind. The lower their earnings, the more inflexible their job. I could be writing this essay from home, in case my teenage kids suddenly needed help or to accuse someone of ruining their lives. Fast-food workers have to be where the food is. “High-wage jobs are associated with hard-to-replace skills,” says Kenneth Matos, senior director of research at the Families and Work Institute. “[Corporations] need to do something to keep those individuals. Low-wage jobs are generally associated with highly replaceable people, so it’s not worth investing in flexibility.” For the full article, click here.

Comments are closed.

  • 25 Years of FWI History

    Watch this compelling video about how Families and Work Institute gave voice and research to a movement.

  • Highlights from FWI’s 25th Anniversary Gala

    Check out highlights from FWI’s 25th Anniversary Gala. 

    And our 25th Anniversary Video.