book, 94 pages, 8.5" x 11" (paper), 1997
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For the first time ever, national data are available on nonstandard work arrangements--part-time work, independent contracting, contract work, on-call labor, temp work, and self-employment--and the people who hold these jobs. In 1995, the first year for which these data were available, 29.4% of all jobs could be classified as "nonstandard." The prevalence of this kind of work is not necessarily bad if the jobs are comparable to full-time work in terms of wages and benefits, but this turns out not to be the case. The authors find that workers in these jobs face lower wages, fewer benefits, and less job security than workers in regular full-time jobs. Public policies can improve the quality of nonstandard jobs by prohibiting discrimination in pay based on work status, requiring that employers pro-rate benefits for part-time workers, making child care more affordable and available, and encouraging employers to offer more flexible schedules.
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