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Not Enough Hours in the Day: Work Hour Insecurity and a New Approach to Wage and Hour Regulation


Charlotte Alexander


Georgia State University College of Law; Georgia State University - Risk Management & Insurance Department

Anna Haley-Lock


University of Wisconsin-Madison

December 12, 2013

Georgia State University College of Law, Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2013-24

Abstract:     
When it was passed, the 1938 Fair Labor Standards Act sought to address the “evils” of underpay and overwork by establishing a minimum wage and requiring premium overtime pay. However, today’s low-wage, hourly workers more often face underwork than overwork. In this paper, we examine the scope of the problem of work hour insecurity, particularly employers’ practice of sending workers home early from scheduled shifts. We assess tools for addressing the resulting income and scheduling instability, principally state “reporting pay” laws. We evaluate the laws’ capacity to promote work hour security, and consider paths for strengthening such protections in law.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 34

Keywords: low-wage employment, employment policy, human resource management

JEL Classification: E24, J30, J38, K31

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Date posted: December 14, 2013 ; Last revised: December 17, 2013

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Alexander, Charlotte and Haley-Lock, Anna, Not Enough Hours in the Day: Work Hour Insecurity and a New Approach to Wage and Hour Regulation (December 12, 2013). Georgia State University College of Law, Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2013-24. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2367070 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2367070

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Charlotte Alexander (Contact Author)
Georgia State University College of Law ( email )
P.O. Box 4037
Atlanta, GA 30302-4037
United States
Georgia State University - Risk Management & Insurance Department ( email )
P.O. Box 4036
Atlanta, GA 30302-4036
United States
Anna Haley-Lock
University of Wisconsin-Madison ( email )
United States
608-262-5766 (Phone)
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