By Kathleen Hallgren Guest columnist, The Greeley Tribune
It's been said that the best anti-poverty measure is a job. But for more than a quarter of Colorado's workforce, working hard isn't enough to make ends meet.
In a recent report, we found that more than 48,000 working families in Colorado lived below the poverty line of $23,021 for a family of four in 2011. Another 154,085 families – 27 percent of all working families in Colorado – lived on up to twice that amount.
A Tribune columnist has posed the question: Would you share your hours with co-workers to avoid layoffs?
The question is relevant because Gov. Bill Ritter recently signed into law a work-share bill. Probably because the law is brand-new to Colorado, questions have been raised. We'd like to provide some answers.
Work-share is a voluntary program that companies can use to weather short-term business declines.