President Trump has proposed a paid family leave program that leaves out millions of workers and undermines our unemployment insurance system. The proposal comes in the same budget that slashes our country’s safety net programs, which help low-income families stay employed.
Growing numbers of Americans, especially those in low-paying jobs, have work schedules that fluctuate wildly from week to week. These volatile schedules, which often come with little advance notice, vary by both total hours and shift times.
This fact sheet provides an overview of the key barriers workers with volatile schedules may face when seeking UI benefits. It summarizes recommendations for policy changes to address these gaps in the safety net.
Liz Ben-Ishai published this article in Washington Monthly to describe the findings of a new report from CLASP and NELP examining the use of unemployment insurance by workers affected by volatile schedules.
The Unemployment Insurance system has not caught up with the realities of today’s labor market and often fails workers with volatile schedules when they are most in need. With the changes advocated here, we can bring UI programs more into sync with the realities of workers experiencing volatile scheduling.
Unemployment insurance (UI) programs fall far short of providing reliable income support for workers who lose their jobs due to the consequences of volatile schedules, according to a new report from the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) and the National Employment Law Project (NELP).