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Improving Work-Life Fit in Hourly Jobs

An Underused Strategy

In the challenging American economy, hourly workers, who often face acute work-family conflicts as single mothers or tag-team families, need particular attention. These families typically face rigid schedules that can leave many having to choose between caring for a sick child and going to work. Some also face unstable schedules that vary from day to day and week to week with very little advance notice. Meanwhile, employers struggle to control labor costs in the face of high turnover and absenteeism rates.

There are new ideas emerging that can help businesses manage their costs in this challenging economy and help families and hourly workers find work life balance. Employers can now scientifically design today's schedules for today's workforce. Join the New America Foundation's Workforce and Family Program as Joan C. Williams, the author of a recent report that looks at the best practices for workplace flexibility, workforce management expert Lisa Disselkamp, an expert in schedule effectiveness, and employers who have implemented best practices, discuss new strategies to support employers and employees during this challenging time.


Featured Speaker
Joan C. Williams
Distinguished Professor of Law, Founder/Director,Center for WorkLife Law
University of California, Hastings College of the Law

Lisa Disselkamp
President of Athena Enterprises

Lora Geiger
Director of Human Resources

Jeff Marinelli
Former Senior Director, H.R. Services
Capital One Financial Corporation
David Gray
Director, Workforce and Family Program
New America Foundation

Event Time and Location

Wednesday, March 9, 2011 - 12:15pm - 1:45pm
New America Foundation
1899 L Street NW Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036

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