COVID-19 and the Future of Work

14 Pages Posted: 12 Aug 2020 Last revised: 12 Aug 2021

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Phil Lord

Lakehead University - Bora Laskin Faculty of Law; McGill University - Faculty of Law; York University - Osgoode Hall Law School

Date Written: 2021

Abstract

This Article draws upon law and behavioral economics to analyze the transition to remote work brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. While widely celebrated, this transition, which indeed has many promising aspects, is far more complex than public discourse would suggest. This Article is articulated around two overarching, structural issues which both arise from and are exemplified by the increasing adoption of remote work policies. Its first section depicts the move to remote work as an example and catalyst of the more broadly increasing precarity of work. It proposes solutions which could alleviate this increasing precarity. Its second section focusses on the intrinsically heterogeneous impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and these remote work policies and proposes solutions which could alleviate the disproportionate impact of these policies on certain groups.

Keywords: COVID-19; remote work; law and economics; behavioral economics; labor; labor law; retirement; gig economy; taxation; globalization

Suggested Citation

Lord, Phil, COVID-19 and the Future of Work (2021). Denver Law Review Forum (2021), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3666588 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3666588

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