Regulating Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation in Canada for the Mobile Workforce: Now You See Them, Now You Don't

NEW SOLUTIONS: A Journal of Environmental and Occupational Health Policy, 29(3), pp. 317-348.

45 Pages Posted: 2 May 2020

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Katherine Lippel

University of Ottawa - Civil Law Section

David Walters

University of Wales System - Cardiff University

Date Written: 2019

Abstract

While much research has examined the occupational health and safety (OHS) and workers' compensation (WC) implications of precarious employment and temporary international labor migration, little is known about the implications of diverse types of employment-related geographic mobility (E-RGM) for regulatory effectiveness of OHS and WC. This article examines different types of extended mobility to determine regulatory effectiveness of OHS and WC protections. Based on classic legal analysis in seven Canadian jurisdictions, and interviews with key informants, we found that the invisibility of the internally mobile workforce, as well as the alternating visibility and invisibility of temporary foreign workers, contribute to reduced effectiveness of the OHS and WC regulation. Results point to the need for better protections to address working conditions, but also the hazards and challenges associated with mobility itself including: getting to and from work, living at work, and maintaining work-life balance while living at the worksite.

Keywords: Employment-Related Geographical Mobility, Occupational Health And Safety, Workers' Compensation, Canada, Regulatory Effectiveness

Suggested Citation

Lippel, Katherine and Walters, David, Regulating Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation in Canada for the Mobile Workforce: Now You See Them, Now You Don't (2019). NEW SOLUTIONS: A Journal of Environmental and Occupational Health Policy, 29(3), pp. 317-348., Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3585413 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3585413

Katherine Lippel (Contact Author)

University of Ottawa - Civil Law Section ( email )

57 Louis Pasteur Dr
Ottawa
Canada

David Walters

University of Wales System - Cardiff University ( email )

Aberconway Building
Colum Drive
CF10 3EU Cardiff, Wales CF10 3EU
United Kingdom

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