Smart Ways to Help Low-Wage Workers

Even if raises are out of the question, employers have plenty of other ways to make a big difference with win-win solutions

Workers trying to support a family on low wages face daunting challenges. They usually can't afford decent day care, for example, so any schedule change at work can wreak havoc as single mothers or job-juggling couples race to find some sort of backup. Virtually any unanticipated event that costs more than even $100 or so, such as a broken car, can mean getting to work late or not at all, jeopardizing the job or money for food and rent. Such precarious existences contribute to a host of social ills, from broken homes to kids who lag behind in school to illnesses that get treated only at the emergency room.

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