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Jennifer Romich Quoted in Bloomberg Article on Walmart’s New Absenteeism Policy

Posted: 2/4/2019 (CSDE in the News)

CSDE Affiliate Jennifer Romich, Associate Professor of Social Welfare at the School of Social Work, was quoted in a recent article about Walmart’s new approach to reduce absenteeism, published by Bloomberg. Walmart is making sweeping changes to its employment policies, granting paid sick leave to hourly workers in the U.S., and, at the same time, possibly making it easier to fire those who miss too many shifts. From Walmart’s perspective, the new policies are designed to combat absenteeism both by making it easier for workers to take the time they need and discouraging no-shows. According to Romich, whose research focuses on resource use in low-income working families, “what’s really happening is they are concerned about people abusing paid time off.”

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