Center for Progressive Reform Report: Protecting Workers In A Pandemic--What The Federal Government Should Be Doing

Center for Progressive Reform Report, 2020

60 Pages Posted: 28 Jun 2020

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Thomas McGarity

University of Texas at Austin - School of Law

Michael C. Duff

University of Wyoming College of Law

Sidney A. Shapiro

Wake Forest University School of Law

Date Written: June 17, 2020

Abstract

The "re-opening" of the American economy while the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is still circulating puts workers at heightened risk of contracting the deadly virus. In some blue-collar industries, the risk is particularly acute because of the inherent nature of the work itself and of the workplaces in which it is conducted. And the risk, for a variety of reasons, falls disproportionately on people of color and low-income workers. With governors stay-at-home orders and other pandemic safety restrictions, Center for Progressive Reform Member Scholars Thomas McGarity, Michael Duff, and Sidney Shapiro examine the federal government's many missed opportunities to stem the spread of the virus in the nation's workplaces, and make recommendations for what needs to happen next to protect employees on the job.

Keywords: pandemic, worker safety, OSHA regulations, worker protections, workers' compensation, self-help, NLRB, labor law

JEL Classification: J80, J81, J82, J83

Suggested Citation

McGarity, Thomas and Duff, Michael C. and Shapiro, Sidney A., Center for Progressive Reform Report: Protecting Workers In A Pandemic--What The Federal Government Should Be Doing (June 17, 2020). Center for Progressive Reform Report, 2020, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3634011

Thomas McGarity

University of Texas at Austin - School of Law ( email )

727 East Dean Keeton Street
Austin, TX 78705
United States

Michael C. Duff

University of Wyoming College of Law ( email )

P.O. Box 3035
Laramie, WY 82071
United States

Sidney A. Shapiro (Contact Author)

Wake Forest University School of Law ( email )

P.O. Box 7206
Winston-Salem, NC 27109
United States
336-758-5430 (Phone)

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