Getting Connected: Employer Engagement in Work Supports
Publication Date: May 2006
Publisher(s): Center for Law and Social Policy
Special Collection: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Coverage: United States
More than one quarter of U.S. working families have incomes below 200 percent of the federal poverty line. Work supportsÂ—government benefits ranging from the Earned Income Tax Credit and child care assistance to Medicaid, the state ChildrenÂ’s Health Insurance Program, and food stampsÂ—can help low-income families make ends meet and maintain employment. But many employers are unaware of or reluctant to help connect workers to these supports. This policy paper looks at the role employers can play in connecting employees to supports, employersÂ’ concerns about this role, and observations from six sites with workplace-based efforts underway to improve access to work supports.