Single Workers

Single Workers

Compiled by Caroline Ogilvy and Jane Case

Topic Page Advisor:
Bella DePaulo, Ph.D.

A Sloan Network Fact Sheet on Single Workers (2010)

The Sloan Work and Family Research Network has prepared Fact Sheets which provide statistical answers to some important questions about work-family and work/life issues. 

Click here to download the Sloan Network Fact Sheet on Single Workers: https://workfamily.sas.upenn.edu/sites/workfamily.sas.upenn.edu/files/imported/pdfs/FactSheet_SingleWorkers.pdf

Statutes by Theme: Domestic Partnerships (2009)

The Work and Family Statutes by Theme are presented primarily for state policy makers to help provide an overview of the laws that have been passed in various states that are relevant to work and family issues.

Please click here to download: https://workfamily.sas.upenn.edu/sites/workfamily.sas.upenn.edu/files/imported/pdfs/SBT_DomesticPartnerships.pdf

Statutes by Theme: Marital Status Discrimination (2009)

The Work and Family Statutes by Theme are presented primarily for state policy makers to help provide an overview of the laws that have been passed in various states that are relevant to work and family issues.

Please click here to download: https://workfamily.sas.upenn.edu/sites/workfamily.sas.upenn.edu/files/imported/pdfs/SBT_MaritalStatus.pdf

Effective Workplace Series (EWS), 2010, Issue 17: Single Workers

By: Lauren Leonard

The Effective Workplace Series (EWS) was designed to provide a summary of the Sloan Network's topic pages.

To access this document (PDF):

https://workfamily.sas.upenn.edu/sites/workfamily.sas.upenn.edu/files/imported/pdfs/EWS17_SingleWorkers.pdf

Policy Mini-Brief Series, 2010, Issue 12 - Marital Status Discrimination

By Mary Curlew, MSW and Julie Weber, JD

The Sloan Work and Family Research Network has created a series of publications called the Policy Mini-Brief Series.  These publications are shorter, complimentary briefs to the Policy Briefing Series, providing state legislators and their staff with a one page summary of work-family policy issues.

Download Issue 12 in this series, entitled "Marital Status Discrimination":
https://workfamily.sas.upenn.edu/sites/workfamily.sas.upenn.edu/files/imported/pdfs/minib_maritalStatus.pdf

Policy Briefing Series (PBS), 2009, Issue 21 - Opportunities for Policy Leadership on Marital Status Discrimination

By Mary Curlew, MSW; Julie Weber, JD

The Sloan Work and Family Research Network has created a series of publications called, the Policy Briefing Series.  These publications provide state legislators and their staff with answers to questions about specific work-family issues, such as, “How does marital status discrimination affect businesses in your state?" This publication is mailed to legislators across the United States.

Download Issue 21 in this series, entitled "Opportunities for Policy Leadership on Marital Status Discrimination": https://workfamily.sas.upenn.edu/sites/workfamily.sas.upenn.edu/files/imported/pdfs/policy_maker21.pdf

Baby Blues: Are Your Family-Friendly Policies Damaging Morale for Some Employees? (2000)

Poe, A. C. (2000. The baby blues: Are your family-friendly policies damaging morale for some employees? HR Magazine, 45. Retrieved October 25, 2009, from http://moss07.shrm.org/Publications/hrmagazine/EditorialContent/0700/Pages/0700poe.aspx

This article discusses how many single workers feel that they are treated unfairly by employers when working in a family-friendly workplace and whether the feeling of favoritism toward married workers is actually accurate. Key areas of this discrimination are reported by singles interviewed, including extra benefits, alternate work arrangements, holidays and sick days, and personal time. Solutions for employers to fairly address every worker’s needs are given.

To access this document, visit: http://moss07.shrm.org/Publications/hrmagazine/EditorialContent/0700/Pages/0700poe.aspx

Are You Too Family Friendly? (2007)

Wells, S. J. (2007). Are you too family friendly? As the proportion of single and childless workers increases, so do complaints of unfairness in employers’ benefits and policies. HR Magazine, 52. Retrieved October 25, 2009, from http://www.shrm.org/Publications/hrmagazine/EditorialContent/Pages/1007cover.aspx

This article looks at the statistics on the number of single citizens in the U.S. and how this growing number needs to be taken into account in workplace practice and policies. Many single workers report work inequities, and this needs to be addressed by employers. Issues that make a workplace more attractive to singles are noted, with social inclusion being the most important factor. >

To access this document, visit: http://www.allbusiness.com/government/government-bodies-offices-us-federal-government/5504948-1.html

Are Single Workers Treated Differently? (2009)

Balderrama, A. (2009, February 23).  Are single workers treated differently? CNN  International. Retrieved October 25, 2009, from http://edition.cnn.com/2009/LIVING/worklife/02/23/cb.single.workers/index.html


This article suggests many single workers believe their companies show favoritism to married co-workers.

To access this document, visit: http://edition.cnn.com/2009/LIVING/worklife/02/23/cb.single.workers/index.html

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