The first issue of Research Works, published by the Partnership for Workplace Mental Health of the American Psychiatric Association (http://www.workplacementalhealth.org/index.aspx), focuses on how employers can help workers who are experiencing financial distress: http://www.workplacementalhealth.org/Money_RW_0210.pdf.
Recommended action steps include provision of personal financial education, credit and debt management counseling, and employee assistance programs.
Of course, for employers who aren’t paying their workers a decent wage, the obvious response is to pay them more if at all possible. However, not all financial distress is due to a lousy paycheck. This publication offers useful advice to employers who want to help their workers make it through financially difficult times.