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File #: 180049    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: IN COMMITTEE
File created: 1/25/2018 In control: Committee on Children and Youth
On agenda: Final action:
Title: Authorizing the Committee on Children and Youth to conduct hearings regarding the impact of unpredictable and inadequate work hours on the wellbeing of families, and examining the effect of unstable work weeks on children and caregivers.
Sponsors: Councilmember Gym, Councilmember Quiñones Sánchez, Councilmember Squilla, Councilmember Henon, Councilmember Taubenberger, Councilmember Green, Councilmember Reynolds Brown
Attachments: 1. Signature18004900.pdf
Title
Authorizing the Committee on Children and Youth to conduct hearings regarding the impact of unpredictable and inadequate work hours on the wellbeing of families, and examining the effect of unstable work weeks on children and caregivers.

Body
WHEREAS, Working parents' and caregivers' schedules serve as a backbone to the stability of children's lives and the provision of childcare services; and

WHEREAS, The scheduling of children's medical appointments and the availability of after school care shape the parental work week; and

WHEREAS, The National Women's Law Center notes that, since women make up the majority of workers in low-wage jobs and shoulder the majority of caregiving responsibilities, working conditions and scheduling practices can especially compromise access to high-quality childcare services as well as negatively impact family life; and

WHEREAS, Research by Professor Kristen Harknett of the University of Pennsylvania and Professor Daniel Schneider of the University of California at Berkeley shows that unstable and unpredictable work schedules are associated with a range of negative outcomes for workers and their families including worse mental and physical health, more parenting stress, and less time with children; and

WHEREAS, Research from the Economic Policy Institute indicates that children of parents working non-standard and unpredictable schedules are more likely to have decreased cognitive and behavioral outcomes; and

WHEREAS, In a survey of restaurant workers, the National Women's Law Center found that two out of five women reported having last-minute shift changes that impacted child care, and nearly a third of workers reported that they had been required to stay past the end of a scheduled shift and consequently paid fines to child care providers for picking their children up late. Income volatility also left some of these employees without enough money to secure any consistent child care; and

WHEREAS, The se...

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