Ryan Finnigan

2018 Hellman Fellow


Assistant Professor, Sociolgy
UC Davis

Project Title: How effectively do reporting-pay laws limit work schedule variability?

Project Description: Millions in the United States work unpredictable hours, especially following the Great Recession of 2007-9.  Volatile working hours contribute to economic insecurity and greater work-life conflict.  Labor regulations like “reporting-pay” laws in a handful of states require employers to pay workers for at least some portion of their scheduled shifts despite last-minute cuts to their hours, and may reduce unpredictability in weekly hours.  However, their efficacy remains understudied.  This project will analyze nationally representative data on hourly workers to assess whether reporting-pay laws effectively reduce hours variability, and if they blunted any increase in hours variability during the Great Recession.