Policy Reports

Trapped in Part-Time: Walmart’s Phantom Ladder of Opportunity (2018)

In an effort to better understand the experience of Walmart’s massive workforce, we surveyed over 6,000 Walmart associates. Our report sheds important light on the crisis of underemployment, low wages, persistent earnings limitations, and lack of opportunities for Walmart associates.

Paid Family Leave: A Strategy for Promoting Health and Economic Equity for New York City Families (2017)

New York City (NYC) is home to over 100,000 births a year. With funding from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Women’s Bureau, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene sought to understand New York City families’ experiences with work and parental leave after the birth of a child. In the winter of 2016, we administered a telephone survey to over 1,000 women who had given birth in 2014. The findings from our Work and Family Leave Survey (WAFLS) highlight the disparities in access to paid parental leave and the conditions that impact parents’ return to work after the birth of a new child.

Employment Among Pregnant Women in New York City and Return to Work After Giving Birth (2015)

Pregnant women and mothers are an integral part of the New York City (NYC) workforce. To understand employment patterns and decisions faced by mothers in the workplace, this data brief describes mothers by their work status during pregnancy and their return to work following childbirth and explores factors that women consider when deciding when to return to work.

Physical Activity in New York City (2009)

Better health and exercise are linked. Information collected using NYC Health surveys provide a snapshot view of a person’s health and habits. People who integrate physical activity into their daily routines feel healthier and experience less mental distress, as shown by the data presented. However, healthy people may find it easier and may be more likely to make physical activity part of their daily routine.