The Part-Time Workers Bill of Rights Act would address the three central hardships facing part-time workers: underemployment for those who are work part time but would like more hours; unpredictable and unstable work schedules; and ineligibility for Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave.
Researchers, advocates, policymakers, and government agencies all rely on data to improve the socioeconomic outcomes of working people. Without comprehensive measures, it becomes difficult to gauge the growing challenges facing historically marginalized populations like low-wage workers.
Underemployment disproportionately afflicts people who have been historically marginalized and anybody facing barriers to economic security. Using these broader measures, our study finds that 4 in 10 part-time workers prefer more hours of work, compared to wanting the same or fewer hours.