The rise of part-time workers


    According to New York Times reporter STEVEN GREENHOUSE, since 2006, the U.S. has cut a million full-time jobs while adding more than 500,000 part-time jobs.  While the increasing use of part-time workers, particularly in the retail and hospitality sectors, has advantages for employers, it presents numerous challenges for those who work on a reduced-hour schedule including lower wages, unpredictability, and the lack of health benefits.   In this hour of Radio Times, we’ve invited Steven Greenhouse  to join us to help us understand this new trend in the workplace, how businesses have come to embrace it and what the “part-time life” means to those who are living it.  He wrote about it all in a recent edition of The New York Times. We’ll also talk to University of Chicago professor SUSAN LAMBERT about how part-time work impacts women and how reforms in employment law might better protect them.

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