How the health of the food industry is changing
Health care workers are returning to their old jobs after years of being forced to work in distant locations.
The rise of health care-oriented food-delivery services and grocery stores, as well as the arrival of automated ordering systems like Uber and Deliveroo, have created a growing demand for food-service workers, with many now relying on their own homes and small businesses to pay for the basics.
But many of these workers are also struggling to find a steady paycheck and keep their homes.
The Food and Drug Administration is poised to propose rules that would allow for more flexible work hours and pay more in benefits to help those workers keep their jobs.
The proposal would also give workers a chance to make more money in some other way.
It’s a far cry from the days when many workers had to work 10 to 12 hours a day.
Now, they often work part-time or less, and the demand for full-time workers has outpaced supply, pushing some to take the leap.
“I can’t afford a home,” said Amy DeCicco, whose job requires her to stay at home with her three children and her mother, who is sick.
She also has to be available to care for her son, ages 2, 6 and 8, and is in a long-term care facility.
DeCiccos home is a few doors down from her work.
It is so small, she said, that she sometimes has to walk up and down the street to get to her kitchen.
She and her husband, Scott, also have to move around the house to keep the kids company.
They can’t make ends meet working from home.
They also need to get the kids to and from school, and their finances are tight.
The proposed rule would give health care workers the same kind of flexibility they’ve always had in their jobs: Full-time work and part-timers can stay on the job as long as they want, but full- and part of-time employees can’t work more than 40 hours a week.
And those working part- and full-hour hours could be paid for those hours, rather than being paid for the hours they’re actually working.
“The more flexible the schedule becomes, the less we have to worry about having to pay our rent,” said Andrew N. McWilliams, a policy adviser at the nonprofit Economic Policy Institute, who has studied the impact of this new proposal.
McWilliams, who co-authored a study of the proposal last year, noted that the health care industry is already making a significant push to hire people who don’t work full time and who have stable jobs, which could make the changes more palatable to workers and businesses.
The proposal is not expected to be finalized for several months.
It has been widely criticized, however, and some lawmakers are calling for a delay.
The move would give more flexibility to health care providers to make changes in the health and safety of food, but it would also allow them to provide food to people who might not otherwise be able to afford it.
“It gives us a lot of flexibility, but we still have to pay attention to what’s going on,” said John H. Thompson, executive director of the Institute for Food Safety, a consumer advocacy group.
“If we’re going to have a healthier, more compassionate world, we have a lot more work to do.”
The Food Service Industry Institute, which advocates for healthier food, said it was pleased to see the proposal.
The agency would also be giving some workers a say in their health and well-being, said Steve McCaffrey, executive vice president of the institute.
He said it’s important for health care employees to be in control of their own health, not the health or well-beings of others.
“When we’ve had the first FDA rule that allows full- or part- time workers to be able do the work they’re trained to do, we’ve seen that it’s not just for people who can’t manage their own careers or their own finances, but also people who are suffering from mental health problems,” McCaffery said.
“We need to see that this is a safe place for people to be working.”
McGrady, the institute’s executive director, said he was concerned about some workers who were leaving their jobs after being asked to work more hours than they were capable of.
“I’m very concerned about the possibility of a situation where somebody is left with a job that is not fulfilling,” he said.
McGrace said that some workers are moving back to work after working at home because they have nowhere to live.
“There are a lot who are looking for jobs in other areas, but are stuck in a nursing home,” he added.
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